Community Health & Wellness Center providing Needle and "Needle-less" Acupuncture in Plantation, FL.

Acupuncture is an ancient art with modern day application to health and wellness. No other healing art is used more worldwide.

For more than 5,000 years, acupuncture has been the most widely utilized health care delivery in the world. Originally developed and practiced in China, this treatment is embraced by patients who seek to alleviate symptoms caused by ailments that range from sciatica to migraines to the effects of chemotherapy. It has even been proven effective in helping women get pregnant and people stop smoking.

Acupuncture draws on the ancient belief that an energy called Qi (pronounced chee) circulates through our body, from the top of our head to the soles of our feet. Qi is considered by many to also be "the life force" within all of us. When we experience good health, this energy flows unobstructed along pathways in the body called meridians. Each meridian is believed to be connected to a specific organ system, and when an energy flow is disrupted by a disease or an injury, illness or pain occurs. Acupuncture is then used to balance the flow of Qi and stimulate our body's natural ability to heal.

Acupuncture treatments involve placing thin needles (as thin as hair, in some cases) of varying lengths into certain areas of the skin. Alternately, a laser probe or point stimulator may be used to create "needle-less" acupuncture. Aupuncture application is generally painless to the patient.

Acupuncture is provided in a soothing, relaxing atmosphere. Patients lie on a padded table or sit on a massage chair with soothing music playing in the background allowing for deep relaxation. Some patients may feel sensations ranging from warmth to an electric like feeling during a treatment. These feeling are good and they means that healing energy is moving through the body.

How does acupuncture work to provide relief for so many painful conditions? Scientifically, most acupuncture points are near nerves. When stimulated, the point sends a message along the nerve to the brain and spinal cord. This causes the release of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, chemicals our own body produces that alter or eliminate the message of pain being delivered to the brain. The release of these "feel good" regulating chemicals makes people feel better.

Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the body's nervous and endocrine systems, and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Acupuncture decreases the inflammation associated with different diseases and relieves muscle spasms and strain.