Acupuncture is the insertion and stimulation of thin, sterile needles into subcutaneous (under the skin) and muscle tissue. Acupuncture channels reflect the interrelationships between body organs and patterns of movement. There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating that acupuncture may also stimulate the immune system, reduce pain, and regulate the sympathetic nervous system (a physiological mechanism involved in many stress-related disorders such as headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and poor digestion). Acupuncture has been increasingly integrated into mainstream healthcare systems around the world. Matthew practises a variety of styles including Classical Chinese, Japanese, electro, distal and motor point acupuncture.
Classical acupuncture theory is based on the observation of humans in their environments, whereas treatment theory looks at real-world situations that lead to injuries or illnesses (identical to those observed in modern Western medicine). While classical theory organizes real-world information about the body differently than Western science, it describes the same organism with the same pathologies. In this way, diagnoses and treatments are based on anatomical models compatible with their Western counterparts.
Acupuncture is currently one of the world’s most widely studied medical interventions. In fact, the mechanistic effects of acupuncture needle stimulation on the nervous system, muscles, and connective tissue have been comprehensively researched. After observing 20,827 patients from 39 trials, several studies concluded that acupuncture is effective for the long-term treatment of chronic pain. -Adapted from the American Society of Acupuncturists.
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