Though the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, pain often triggers a negative
cycle within the body when muscles constrict, restricting blood flow. The key to
acupuncture is its ability to reach deep into tissue, increase circulation and get
to the source of the problem.
The use of electric stimulation with acupuncture increases the intended affect. Although
electric stimulation is used commonly in physical therapy to constrict muscles and
reduce pain, the inclusion of acupuncture needles allows the stimulation to penetrate
deeper than if delivered through a superficial patch on the skin. Used simultaneously
they increase the likelihood of effective pain management and pain relief. Studies
show that acupuncture causes a chemical reaction in the brain, affecting seratonin
levels and causing the release of endorphins, the body's own natural pain killer.
Acupuncture also triggers the body to rid itself of harmful toxins. Most patients
have no side effects with acupuncture, however, one may experience lightheadedness,
muscle soreness or various other detoxification symptoms. If these are experienced
at all, they usually last only a brief time as the body adjusts.