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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Acupuncture in Chicago, Illinois

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When it comes to osteopathic medicine, there are a number of different treatments available. One of the most popular osteopathic treatments is acupuncture, a treatment developed by the Chinese approximately 5,000 years ago.

This particular treatment involves placing thin needles into the patient’s body, resulting in the stimulation of specific muscles and the release of specific body chemicals. By stimulating these muscles and releasing these chemicals, acupuncture offers the body and mind a number of benefits.

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What are the Different Types of Acupuncture in Chicago?

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Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. While it’s still commonly performed in its traditional form, individuals have altered it throughout the years to accommodate and treat different medical conditions. Acupuncture has been shown to work thru various means that western science has proven. These are up regulating endogenous opioids (pain relievers: enkephalin, beta-endorphin, endomorphin and dynorphin) and down regulating substance P (a pain chemical), reducing local inflammation by inhibition of pro-inflammatory cytokines, increase nitric oxide and local blood flow.

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