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Many health conditions require more than what traditional medicine can address. Johns Hopkins Community Physicians offers acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices in the world to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture is often used to treat a variety of health conditions, such as chronic pain, headaches, arthritis pain, and to improve overall health and wellness.
The classical Chinese explanation of Acpuncture is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Our licensed acupuncturists will work closely with you to understand your entire lifestyle, medical history and health concerns and take a holistic approach to developing individualized treatment plans.