Acupuncture encourages the body to promote natural healing, reducing or relieving pain and improving function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
The body reacts to the needles as they are recognized as “foreign”. The white blood cells or “fighter cells” infiltrate the area where the needle is inserted. This encourages the inflammation and repair process, giving the healing a kick start! Acupuncture also stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s own pain relieving chemicals, thereby relieving pain.
Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted, and some feel nothing at all. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, sterile and disposable. With almost a complete absence of adverse effects and complications, acupuncture is very safe and effective.