Ancient Practice with Modern Science

Acupuncture Background

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on more than 2,000 years of Emperic Evidence focused on maintaining health through harmonizing the body’s function at three core levels –

  • Energetics Movement
  • Systemic Nutritive Support
  • Spiritual Psychological Wellbeing

There are pathways in the body that are closely associated with key organs which move energy and blood that maintain the body’s optimal function and health.  Disharmony (stress, anxiety, illness, pain, and more) in the body and channels can create impaired flow of energy which can create areas of “blockage” which eventually weakens the body in many ways.

Acupuncture focuses on opening the channels and moving energy – to free up the body’s natural desire and ability to heal itself.  The proper movement of this energy is critical to strengthen the body’s own natural healing process and immune system.

How Acupuncture Works

MRI imaging has shown insertion of the acupuncture needle – “Connective Tissue wrap around needles like spaghetti around a fork and stretches cells in the connective tissue to send signals throughout body (like massage or yoga).”

Most recently, neuroimaging studies have shown that acupuncture affects a network of systems in the brain, including decreasing activity in the limbic system (the emotional part of the brain), and activating parts of the brain that typically light up when the brain is at rest. Acupuncture needles are able to:

  • Stimulate Endorphin Release with Analgesic Affect to Reduce Pain
  • Stimulate Blood Flow and Tissue Repair, also
  • Signals the autonomic nervous system in regulating breathing, digestion, and heart rate

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including but not limited to:

  • Stress, Anxiety, Attention disorders, Tension causing physical symptoms
  • sleep disorders


  • digestive disorders, gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
  • Neurological and Muscular Disorders, Neck/Back Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Carpal Tunnel, Neuropathy
  • Headaches, Migraines
  • Menstrual, PMS, Menopause, Peri-Menopause
  • Reproductive – Female and Male Fertility Issues
  • Respiratory Disorders, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Asthma, Bronchitis, Recurrent Chest Infection
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Addiction recovery
  • Reduce side effects of medication
  • Emotional balanceGrief support
  • Grief Support /Life Transitions **
  • Weight Loss

Source:  World Health Organization,, 2013

**Chinese Medicine, as a practice, does not separate our physical body and emotional self, here at Urban Wellness Acupuncture we can work with life changes and transitions as well.  Although people usually think of acupuncture for physical symptoms, we have protocols for finding direction when in a “place of indecision”, such as career change or relationship transition.  So while you may seek out acupuncture for your aching back, other concerns in your life may find resolution as well.  At first this may sound unlikely, but even in its simplest form acupuncture allows a deep rest and relaxation allowing you the time and space to resolve problems that seem more difficult to face when under great stress.