What is “modern” acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine. While it’s a standard medical practice in China alongside massage, diet, and herbs, for many years it was considered “alternative” medicine in the United States.

As more research and health news demonstrate the benefits of acupuncture, the more obvious it becomes that this ancient method can be part of our modern lifestyles.

Here at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we acknowledge that these practices are ancient but our explanation and how we do it comes from a modern sense.

What is the modern explanation of how acupuncture works?

Acupuncture needles stimulate certain parts of your body.

For example, chronic pain is a problem with the proprioceptive neural pathways (PNP).

PNP travels up the spine and in the brain. When PNP is working well the brain releases the body’s natural pain killers such as endorphins and enkephalins to take away that chronic pain.


But if the PNP is dull or hasn’t reestablished homeostasis from an injury than the brain does not release those pain killers. People often get stuck in those chronic pain cycles because those natural methods of pain relief are not brought back on.

Acupuncture needles are then placed on areas that have the greatest amount of PNP.


What are areas with high proprioceptive neural pathways?

These areas are the retinaculum in the body. A retinaculum (plural retinacula) is a band of thickened deep fascia around tendons that holds them in place. It is not part of any muscle.

These are at the wrist, the ankles, the adbomen, and the back of then neck.

It works extremely well in treating pain often times even instantaneous pain relief.

What about other symptoms?

Chinese medicine is great at treating symptoms or issues that affect the entire body and not a single organ or body part.

Examples of systemic problems are fatigue, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Always check in with your healthcare provider first and never stop taking any medication that is already prescribed to you.

‘Modern’ acupuncture

Acupuncture is here to stay. The 3000-year-old practice continues to be relevant for our modern times.

While acupuncture is not a panacea it can support your health and wellbeing to create a long and prosperous life.

Make an appointment at our clinic in Poulsbo, WA and we will be sure to take care of you and thoroughly explain everything in a modern sense.

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