HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE ALLEVIATE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice. It involves the insertion of thin needles at specific locations (called meridians or acupoints) along the body. The needles improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, tissues, and/or surrounding organs and stimulate the body’s immune system. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions, including chronic inflammation.

WHAT IS CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself against pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, external injuries, damage from foreign objects in the body, or the effects of chemicals or radiation. The inflammation helps to seal off the affected area, allowing white blood cells and other immunity agents to treat the cause of the problem.

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is inflammation that goes away after a few hours or days. Sunburn is an example of acute inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can last for months or years, even if the condition that triggered it is no longer present. This type of inflammation can lead to a host of health issues. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, other joint conditions, psoriasis, and asthma.

Symptoms of chronic inflammation often include:

  • Body pain
  • Chronic fatigue and insomnia
  • Constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal issues
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Skin rashes

 

RISK FACTORS FOR CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

Several factors can increase your risk of developing chronic inflammation:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Exposure to environmental toxins

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

Treatment for chronic inflammation can include medications, lifestyle modifications, and even surgery to repair inflammation-related joint damage. Treatment plans are based on several factors, such as overall health, the type of condition you’re suffering from, your age, the medications you’re taking, and the severity of your symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine treats chronic inflammation through herbal remedies like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and garlic, and practices like acupuncture.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE RELIEVE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?

Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can help alleviate both acute and chronic inflammation by stimulating and directing the chemicals that reduce swelling. Acupuncture can trigger an anti-inflammatory through nerve pathways such as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (which regulates the body’s response to stress through the release of cortisol and other hormones like glucocorticoids), the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system (which activates the neurotransmitters that affect the inflammation process) and the antihistamine and cytokine process that occurs in allergic or autoimmune responses. Treatment outcome depends on the timing of the treatment, the placement of the needles, and the intensity of stimulation.

Acupuncture for Chronic Inflammation in Orange, CA

QualityAcu is a health and wellness clinic in Orange, CA, that specializes in acupuncture and other treatments for chronic inflammation.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with licensed acupuncturist Gregory G. Maruki. We’re conveniently located at 2832 E. Chapman Ave.,. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Greg accepts most forms of insurance and always welcomes new patients.

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