Acupuncture relieves pain and inflammation in the body. The thermographic image above shows inflammation reduction in the knee as acupuncture relieves knee pain.
Inflammation is the body’s common response to injury, irritants, toxins, allergic substances, and pathogens. It is present in most medical conditions and is often the cause of pain. Some of the many conditions that involve inflammation are arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, asthma, cancer, sprains, strains, bruises, carpal tunnel syndrome, allergic reactions to any substance, skin conditions, PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, any digestive disorder, and many kinds of pain.
When the body first detects something is wrong somewhere, whether it is an injury, virus, allergic reaction, or internal disease, it sends extra blood rushing to the affected area with disease- and injury-fighting blood components such as white blood cells (leukocytes) to repair the damage. The warmth, swelling, and/or red skin you might notice are due to the extra blood in the affected area. It is possible – and quite common – to have such inflammation in your body and be unaware of it, such as in early stages of disease and in chronic internal conditions. Inflammation is often the root of pain and other “dis-ease” in the body. Community acupuncture is a great way to relieve inflammation in your body.