Acupuncture Associates of America offers treatments to patients throughout the Albuquerque area. Our focus is Chinese Medicine, providing acupuncture and herbal supplements to promote wellness and treat a variety of ailments. By understanding what acupuncture is and how it can benefit you, we hope you’ll feel more comfortable in deciding whether our services are right for your needs!
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice, dating back several thousand years. It originates in China and is still widely practiced there and throughout Asia. In the past few decades, it has gained prominence in the West, with American doctors researching it and implementing its techniques. It is the most well-researched and highly regarded forms of alternative medicine.
In an acupuncture treatment, a trained acupuncturist will insert small sterilized needles into specific parts of a patient’s body. In some cases, heat or electricity may be applied to the needles to enhance their therapeutic effects.
How it Works
In Oriental Medicine, it is believed that the body is filled with “meridians,” channels through which “qi” or life energy will travel. These meridians act as rivers, and they can become blocked, disrupting the flow of chi. Acupuncture works by removing these blocks and restoring balance.
Western research has shown that the qimeridians correspond with the body’s nerve pathways. This nerve manipulation works to increase the “feel good” hormones, endorphins, while reducing stress hormones like cortisol. This reduction in stress hormones in turn causes a reduction in inflammation, boosts immunity and improves circulation.
What Can it Do?
Acupuncture has been shown effective in a variety of circumstances. It is used widely for pain management and helps with inflammatory conditions, such as autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders. It has also been used successfully to help with recovering from addiction and even weight loss.
If you are curious about acupuncture benefits or would like to learn more about our available services, please give us a call! We will be happy to answer your questions or schedule your first appointment today.
Questions? Call 505-275-9602 to speak to our team.