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How Does Acupuncture Work?

What is the Science that Explains Acupuncture?…

Well, As far as Pain and Depressive Disorders go, Here is What We Know…

Acupuncture decreases pain by inciting the body to release specific endorphins which relieve pain, acupuncture increases Qi and blood (circulation) to the affected area and decreases inflammation in the body (inflammation causes pain and chronic inflammation causes disease).

Acupuncture helps with depression by:

  • Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)
  • Acupuncture increases circulation
  • Acupuncture lowers inflammation

 

Research on Acupuncture for Depression:

In 2010 The Journal of Affective Disorders published on 207 clinical studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture treating depressive disorders. The efficacy of acupuncture was found to be comparable to antidepressants alone in the improvement of clinical response and with alleviating symptom severity of Major Depressive Disorder. 

Adverse reactions to acupuncture treatment was also significantly lower than that of antidepressants!

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.

Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

What is the Science behind How Acupuncture Helps Pain and Depression?

 

  • Fight or Flight vs. Rest & Digest
  • Acupuncture increases circulation
  • Acupuncture lowers inflammation
  • Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)

 

I get this question often from friends, family and patients:

How does Acupuncture relieve?…

 

Well, I will tell You How…

1. Acupuncture decreases Pain by persuading the body to release specific endorphins.

These endorphins relieve pain.

 

2. Acupuncture increases Qi and blood (circulation) to the affected area and decreases inflammation in the body.

Inflammation causes pain. Chronic (long-term) inflammation causes disease.

Acupuncture decreases Pain & Inflammation. 

 

3. Acupuncture urges us out of Fight or Flight mode–back into Rest & Digest mode (no morphine required).

 

This is also how acupuncture prompts the body to deal with mild to moderate depression & anxiety-

 

Did You Know Acupuncture Lights up the Morphine Center of the Brain?!…

 

This is Why the Military Uses Acupuncture called “Battlefield Acupuncture.”

 

It is used by the military because it is cheaper and faster-acting than morphine. They can administer needles and get enough pain-relief within five minutes to then assist hurt soldiers from the field.

They can then attend to the more critically wounded.

The military has spent much time and money on researching the effects of acupuncture on pain relief. This is for good reason. Many soldiers do not want to take pain medications.

They do not want to get dependent on or addicted to drugs.

 

Youtube has a video of “Battlefield Acupuncture” done by the military.

Check it out to see for yourself!

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone.

 

Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka this summer to schedule!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Acupuncture Treats Back Pain (Pain and Women’s Health Clinic in Anoka, MN)

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture treats back pain due to many different causes. Often patients come in for low back pain and some have even avoided back surgery by having acupuncture as a last resort treatment.

Why Acupuncture for Back Pain?

Many get acupuncture treatment for back pain because they do not want to take pain medications or have surgery, are looking for a natural alternative medical treatment without any major side effects.

Back Pain Patient Testimonial

What types of Back Pain does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treats back pain due to Acute back pain, Arthritis, Bulged disc back pain, Chronic back pain, Back pain due to Congenital (since birth) disorders, Back pain due to narrowing of spinal canal (stenosis), Osteo-arthritis (degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” pain), Osteoporosis back pain, Osteopenia back pain,Degenerative disc back pain, Disc injury back pain, Fibromyalgia back pain, Herniated disc back pain, Lumbar back pain, Overuse back pain, Sacral pain, Scoliosis back pain, Slipped disc back pain, Spina bifida back pain, Spinal stenosis back pain, Upper back pain, Middle back pain, etc.

  • Muscle tension back pain
  • Overuse back pain
  • Arthritis back pain

How does Acupuncture Treat Back Pain?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own healing system. It is often said that acupuncture is responsible for 20% of the healing and your body is responsible for the other 80%.

Acupuncture incites the body to release pain-relieving endorphins.

Acupuncture moves Qi and Blood in the body to decrease stagnation, stasis and improve circulation in the body.

Back Pain Care and Prevention Exercises

Back stretches, such as bridges and squats, exercise such as light walking, Tai Chi/ Chi gong/ Qi gong, or light Yoga stretches (like “Downward Facing Dog”) and keeping your weight down can all help prevent back pain or avoid re-aggravating the back.

Keeping the lower legs strong with exercises such as squats helps keep a strong foundation for holding up the back muscles.

Walking is great for the back due to the forward/backward swaying motion of the arms and because it can help keep the weight off the waist to reduce stress on the back.

Tai Chi/ Chi Gong and Yoga help avoid back pain by keeping the spine supple, especially if done routinely as we age. Think of Yoga as your oiling can to keep joints lubricated over time.

Back Pain Care and Prevention Tips at Work

Use Stand-up desk or work station, or at least improve the ergonomics.

Always lift with your legs and avoid twisting or awkward movements.

Get up and stretch every 20 minutes to avoid the sitting diseases.

How Many Acupuncture Treatments?

Frequency and amount of acupuncture treatments depends on many factors, especially how long you have suffered with back pain and how compliant you are with suggestions made by your practitioner.

Other important factors include lifestyle and how healthy you are overall, your age and how quickly your body responds to acupuncture.

Aleesha D Acupuncture treats back pain on a daily basis.

Contact Aleesha D Acupuncture to help relieve your back pain today.

Feel better, Move forward.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist who owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha specializes in treating Pain and Women’s Health. She first became interested in acupuncture when it cured her of chronic, debilitating migraine headaches. She is grateful for the pain relief acupuncture has provided her and is passionate about helping others just like herself achieve lasting pain relief.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in the heart of downtown Anoka on Main Street with free street parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.