What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture, a treatment modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, treats or prevents disease by inserting very fine, sterile and disposable needles at acu-points located on channels or meridians. The needles regulate temperature, fluids and circulation depending on the acu-points selected, manipulation and adjunctive techniques (laser, moxibustion, cupping, electro, tui-na) applied.
Fernandes Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine relies on the classical teachings of ancient China to administer acupuncture well as biomedical diagnosis and results of MRI's or blood work. 

Our gentle needle technique stems from a unique approach where the skin is held taught to bypass pain receptors on the surface.  This technique results in a virtually painless insertion that many patients find comforting and have commented on.
Endorphine, serotonin, norepinephrine or gamma aminobutyric acid release, stimulation of peripheral nervous system, and pain mediation through the effects of other neuropathies are thought to be the most likely explanations for the effects of the insertion of needles.  Acupuncture might also affect how you release chemicals that affect blood pressure and flow.

There are 12 main channels and 2 extraordinary channels in the body which enable circulation to the entire body.   The channels are named after organs but are more closely related to a set of functions in the body. Acupuncture can treat many common conditions due to its ability to affect the whole body through this channel system.  
Each organ system has its own specific functions which it must maintain to be healthy and without disease. Acupuncture is used along these channels to address the specific organ system or channel that is not functioning optimally.

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