What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, with origins dating back to traditional Chinese medicine practiced as early as 1600 – 1100 BCE. It is a practice that involves inserting needles into the skin on very specific stimulating, meridian points for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain relief. The fact that acupuncture is still widely used today, even amidst such amazing innovations in medical science and technology, speaks volumes about its effectiveness at harnessing the body's natural capabilities to heal. From chronic pain and allergies, to diabetes and stress related ailments, acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, even nausea and weight loss. Other conditions acupuncture is used to treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal system — fibromyalgia, TMJ pain, sprains or strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, tendonitis, and back, neck, and joint pain
  • Digestive / gastrointestinal system — nausea, vomiting, gastritis, peptic ulcer, constipation, colitis, indigestion, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, IBS
  • Reproductive / urinary system — infertility, menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, prostate problems, UTI
  • Nervous system — stress, anxiety, tension and migraine headaches, dizziness, insomnia
  • Respiratory / cardiovascular system — sinusitis, asthma, allergies, hypertension, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, bronchitis
  • Childhood imbalances — symptoms of autism, ADD, and ADHD

Today, numerous studies have established a solid evidence base that finds acupuncture to be an effective treatment option for providing pain relief and post-operative nausea.

In fact, numerous health organizations have supported and endorsed the use of acupuncture for many conditions, including the United States National Institute of Health, the United Kingdom National Health Service, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the World Health Organization.

How Acupuncture Works

From a scientific standpoint, acupuncture is believed to target fibrous tissues known as fascia. Fascia binds blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and groups of muscles throughout the body and allows them to work together and communicate with one another. Fascia are believed to be the physical expression of the energy channels known as meridians, connecting parts of the body in often unexpected ways. By stimulating these nerve centers, acupuncture can influence parts of that brain that receive such signals, including signals that not entirely under conscious control, such as digestion, respiration, and the sleep cycle.

When the body reacts to the stimulation of these nerve centers, it launches a strong response to trauma that is not actually occurring. This response is often a healing force that results from the body's inability to perceive the difference between actual trauma and the stimulation caused by acupuncture needles. The body perceives trauma, initiates a response, and then, in many cases, attempts to heal naturally.

Although this concept is still under study, the notable effects experienced by acupuncture patients attest to the power of the body's unconscious, yet powerful, capabilities to heal itself.

Learn More About Acupuncture Treatment & Chiropractic Care at Atlas Health Care Center!

At Atlas Health Care Center, our team of specialists place tremendous emphasis on first determining the underlying cause of pain or underlying condition at hand. With this information, we can then offer tailored treatment options that best access a patients unique injuries. Forooz Ardalan Ph.D., L.Ac., a graduate of Emperor College of Oriental Medicine, earned her Ph.D. in research and oriental medicine from the American Liberty University. Forooz draws from years of experience, treating patients of all ages using acupuncture, acupressure, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, and other treatment options from our Encino office.

Patient, attentive, and passionate about helping patients achieve better health, Forooz performs acupuncture with a highly skilled, gentle, and soft touch. If you would like to learn more about acupuncture as a possible treatment option, or are looking for an acupuncturist in Encino or the surrounding area, we encourage you to contact Atlas Health Care Center to schedule a consultation. We are the premier destination for acupuncture in the San Fernando Valley.