In today’s part of our Plant City Acupuncture series we will speak about a few technicalities in regards to how acupuncture is administered. Although many people are perhaps fearful of the concept of acupuncture, in reality however, there is nothing to be afraid of and more importantly, nothing painful or unpleasant. So when looking for acupuncture – whether it’s acupuncture in Plant City or anywhere else in Florida – the treatment itself is meant to be relaxing and designed to bring relief from pain – not add to it!

Plant City acupuncture – what are the needles made from?

acupuncture plant cityBeing extremely thin but durable, acupuncture needles always have to be of the highest quality in order to ensure safe and effective treatment. Acupuncture needles that are used today in modern acupuncture clinics such as Plant City Natural Medicine & Pain Center, are made out of stainless steel and differ in lengths and gauges of width. These acupuncture needles consist of a stainless steel shaft, with a handle made out of copper or steel. Interestingly, early needles used in acupuncture treatment were made from iron, copper, bronze, and sometimes even from silver and gold.

What are acupuncture points?

More than four hundred acupuncture points have been discovered in the human body with the majority of them located on one of the main meridians (also called pathways) which run throughout the body and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine play a significant role in transporting life energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes twenty meridians, cutaneous and subcutaneous in nature, which have branching sub-meridians believed to affect surrounding tissues. Plant City Natural Medicine & Pain Center uses the TCM achievements in a complex but rewarding practice of natural pain relief.


Picture of the acupuncture points:


Plant City Acupuncture – does it work?


Dozens of brain imaging studies have been conducted on acupuncture in an effort to determine just how the treatment may calm pain or related conditions like headaches or arthritis. Once the positive body response has been proven, the quest began in order to find the exact way acupuncture works and to understand the healing process even better.

One of the possibilities is that being jabbed with an acupuncture needle induces a tiny injury, which then causes your immune system to respond by sending inflammatory proteins and other infection-fighting, wound-healing chemicals to the source of that injury. In other words, the idea is, that by inducing many of these very small injuries, your immune system is alerted so that it can deal with bigger problems.

“It’s also possible that the increased flow of blood and immune system chemicals to the poke site – where the needle was inserted, could help clear away accumulated cellular byproducts and that the needles might activate nerve receptors in the skin, which then pass info up into your spinal cord and brain”. Read the full Time article on acupuncture here.

Acupuncture Plant City is a low-cost treatment option with very few side effects and definitely makes sense to consider using it as an alternative for Western Medicine – especially when it comes to chronic pain-related ailments for which Western medicine often relies on painkillers which treat the symptoms but not the cause. For complex malignas it is advised to use acupuncture in combination with Western medicine in order to bring relief and speed up recovery.

Find out more about our Plant City Acupuncture doctor (and acupuncturist) here. If you have any questions regarding Natural Medicine Plant City – visit our website or contact us. We will be happy to assist you. We are always happy to advise you on the best treatment for your condition.