Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not only the most researched complimentary and alternative medicine, but has thousands of years of experience behind it. From an Eastern perspective of acupuncture, energy fields known as acupuncture meridians can become blocked or have improper flow of energy known as "Qi" which leads to symptoms of pain, fatigue, and even disease.  Acupuncture has the ability to regulate Qi within the meridians facilitating proper flow and restoring balance.

Physiologically speaking, acupuncture has the ability to release natural pain killers, such as endorphins and encephalins, locally which is part of how they assist in healing injuries.  They also work by increasing blood flow to an area and neurological feedback to the brain to help facilitate communication with the affected area and the central nervous system.  Placebo controlled studies have shown that Acupuncture done on "sham" points or points just off traditional acupuncture points by 1 cm can produced a decrease in results by as much as 70% as compared to using the traditional acupuncture points.