Acupuncture is a system of care designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing powers both to maintain health and to address specific conditions. A treatment system in practice for thousands of years, acupuncture eventually became part of a comprehensive natural health system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM views the human body as an energetic whole rather than a combination of isolated body parts. Restoring balance throughout the whole person and thus attaining a state of optimal health is the goal of TCM.
At CHI Health Care, acupuncture will be used when indicated as a therapeutic method and also when individuals request it for maintaining their health. As traditionally described, acupuncture stimulates channels of energy in the body known as meridians. Western scientific research has demonstrated that stimulating specific acupuncture points engages receptors in the brain that release hormones and natural neuro-chemicals. Those substances have been proven to reduce pain, regulate the endocrine system, calm the nervous system, regulate serotonin levels, stimulate the immune system and regulate the heart’s rhythm. As a result of these newly understood factors, acupuncture is increasingly used as an adjunctive treatment for primary and acute care (such as for pain and chemotherapy side-effects).