Acupuncture is the use of a variety of physical techniques to stimulate the body’s own healing potential. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): a system that includes herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and exercise (tai chi, qi gong, etc).
Acupuncture uses the concept of Qi (“chee”, the various expressions of energy in nature) to understand, diagnose and treat the individual. Its concepts of anatomy and physiology differ from those of Western biomedicine and cannot be simply translated. With this system, a person’s physical body, psychological state and spirit are viewed as an interrelated whole.
Acupuncture is highly regarded in the U.S. and around the world. It is increasing in popularity as a complementary form of treatment for a number of conditions due to its natural nature, relatively low cost and non-invasive methods.
For what Conditions is Acupuncture Effective?
Dr. Sam Henley offers acupuncture in Columbia, MO for a variety of different conditions:
- Low-Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Osteoarthritis/Knee Pain
- Irregular periods
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual cramps
- Spastic colon
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Quitting smoking
- Urinary problems
History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture and other types of TCM have been used and trusted by practitioners for thousands of years. The earliest possible records of acupuncture treatment were dated back to 6000 BCE.
Although trusted as a healing practice since ancient times, in the past 60 years alone, the Chinese government has backed millions of dollars in research to study the results of acupuncture as a method of treatment.
These studies and others like them showed a clear link between acupuncture and symptom relief for a number of treatable conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently endorses acupuncture as a treatment method for more than 40 health conditions.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is safe and effective when performed by an experienced practitioner. Acupuncture has very few side effects or potential complications when performed properly. Dr. Sam is well-trained to safely perform acupuncture using only sterile needles and gentle, researched techniques to help you achieve the relief you’re looking for. Read reviews of Dr. Sam’s treatment methods here.
Unlike other forms of modern medicine, acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself to stop and reverse the progression of certain health conditions. It is often considered safer than other common pain treatment methods because of its non-invasive process and lack of harsh side effects.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
There are several different theories about what specifically makes acupuncture effective. Some of the most common reasons people cite for why acupuncture works include:
- It stimulates the body’s ability to reduce inflammation
- It stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers
- It stimulates the release of other neurotransmitters to send positive chemical signals to the brain
- It stimulates the body to improve circulation
- It stimulates and strengthens electrical currents in the body
Schedule Your Acupuncture Treatments in Columbia
Acupuncture may be used on its own or in conjunction with other remedies to offer you a holistic remedy to your recent or chronic conditions.
The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on your general health and the complexity of your illness. For this reason, Dr. Sam Henley offers a free consultation to discuss your issues and acupuncture treatments. If you are looking for acupuncture in Columbia or the surrounding areas, give us a call!