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​What is acupuncture and moxibustion?

​Mechanism of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment


The mechanism by which the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion are manifested is complex, but the following factors are generally considered to be involved.

1. Effects on the nervous system

Acupuncture works on the nervous system and may help reduce pain and discomfort. It is thought to be involved in the release of neurotransmitters and improved neurotransmission.

2. Improve blood flow

Acupuncture increases blood flow, which provides tissues with oxygen and nutrients, which may reduce inflammation and promote repair.

3. Regulation of the immune system

Acupuncture may influence the immune system to help regulate inflammation and immune responses, thus keeping the body in balance.

4. Hormonal Effects

By regulating hormone secretion, acupuncture may improve the balance of stress hormones and happiness hormones, contributing to the reduction of symptoms of mental and physical disorders.

Generally, only mild side effects have been reported for acupuncture, but in rare cases the following side effects may occur.

  • Pain and Bleeding: Acupuncture needles may cause mild pain and, in some cases, bleeding.
    (Pain at the time of needle insertion/during needle needle removal/after needle removal)
    (Internal bleeding, itching, redness, and swelling at the acupuncture site)

  • Fatigue and dizziness: Temporary fatigue and dizziness may occur after treatment.

  • Sudden exacerbation of symptoms: Although some patients may experience a temporary worsening of symptoms after treatment, this is usually transient.

Serious side effects are very rare and it is generally safe when administered by properly trained professionals. We recommend that you consult with a trusted professional before undergoing acupuncture.

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