The popularity and success of acupuncture in Everett, and all of the United States, increases exponentially every year and is currently at about 3 million participants annually. Most of the techniques used in the US are a combination of traditions from Japan, Korea and China and are characterized by introducing specialized needles into the skin on specific points on the body to relieve a number of ailments.
After insertion, the needles are stimulated either electrically or by hand and it is thought that the resulting pain relief is due to a biochemical reaction. One study has revealed that acupuncture reduces inflammation and pain by activating the receptors that suppress pain and elevating the intensity of the neurotransmitter adenosine in nearby tissues.
Acupuncture, which was initiated more than 2,500 years ago, is based upon the principle that there are in excess of 2,000 acupuncture points on the body that are connected by meridians, or bioenergetic pathways. Energy or Qi flows through these meridians and acupuncture points until the pathways are blocked for some reason. Blockages can lead to chronic disease and other disruptions.
The impact of acupuncture on chronic health problems is believed to be due to stimulation of the central nervous system to release the natural chemicals in the body to benefit biological processes and manage pain.
Conditions that are positively altered by acupuncture include knee osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, anxiety, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus and palpitations, among others.
To schedule an appointment for acupuncture in Everett or for questions and concerns, call McQuinn Naturopathic at (425)905-2487.