Sunrise Acupuncture Clinic

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old branch of Chinese Traditional Medicine that uses small and thin needles to stimulate select pressure points on the body. Acupuncture and Chinese Traditional Medicine is used to treat almost all aliments, particularly headaches, muscular pain or atrophy, arthritis, sciatica, detoxification, stress and depression, to name a few. Acupuncture is a safe, natural alternative to pain pills and other medication with potentially dangerous side effects.


How does it work?

Chinese Traditional Medicine focuses on the flow of qi (chi, or “life force”) and xue (or “blood”) in the human body. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, aliments arise from a blockage of either qi or xue. The appropriate stimulation with needles at select points on the body opens those channels.

Acupuncture, from a western medical perspective, is thought to operate on the principle of nocebo (pain) receptor modulation. In pain modulation, multiple sensory nerve cells communicates with a pain receptor cell, either transmitting a “positive” signal to the pain receptor cell to fire (and feel pain), or a “negative” signal to not fire. Pain modulation is the idea of stimulating the sensory nerves that communicate a “negative” signal, thus preventing the perception of pain in the brain. This is akin to accidentally hitting your leg and rubbing it to reduce the pain felt. Acupuncture is thought to take this concept a step further and uses fine needles – some of which are a hair’s width – to stimulate certain points on the body. However, western medicine still lacks a complete explanation for all of acupuncture’s observed beneficial effects, such as acupuncture’s treatment of headaches and nausea.