Acupuncture can work and it's not all in your head.
The 2500 year old healing art has it's basis on the theory that there are patterns of energy flow called QI, (pronounced chee) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin and improve health and well-being.
Modern scientific research reports acupuncture triggers the body to release natural substances in the nerve cells of the brain and body tissues to be released helping the body to heal naturally without side effects. A current theory explaining how acupuncture may work is:
An acupuncture needle stimulates sensory nerves in the skin triggering electrical impulses to the spinal cord, which signals:
- Nerve cells to release Endorphins (chemicals that stop pain and stimulates sense of well being. This is what causes the "Runners High")
- The midbrain releases neurotransmitters (to block pain).
- The pituitary gland to deliver Endorphins and anti-inflammatory chemical into the surrounding brain tissue and bloodstream.
This all adds up to pain relief, healing & a sense of well being without harmful side effects. More research is needed to better understand how acupuncture affects our health. In the meantime, a panel of scientists, researchers, and practitioners at the National Institute of Health has compiled a list of conditions, which can respond favorably to acupuncture without harmful side effects.
- Muscle Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Assist in Stroke Rehabilitation
The World Health Organization has a list of more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be used. Acupuncture has stood the test of time, but remember it is not a magic bullet; nothing is. Health is a complete balance of mind, body, and spirit, but it can be one tool in your health care arsenal.
Dr. Oliveri was trained at the University of Miami's School of Medicine Division of Complimentary Medicine and has been certified to practice acupuncture since 1995.