The Importance of Maintaining Stem Cells and How Acupuncture Can Help

Photo showing man with healthy stem cells walking with child

Stem cells are your body’s internal repair system — they’re crucial for healing and overall health. Unfortunately, our circulating stem cells decline in both number and function as we age, but acupuncture has been shown to help. Specifically, electroacupuncture stimulates your body to release new, healthy stem cells.

Why should you maintain your stem cells?

Maintaining your stem cells helps you stay healthy, feel younger, and heal faster with less pain. Here’s how these amazing cells work:

When you get hurt, chemical signals in your brain tell stem cells to start repairing the damage. Stem cells are able to do this because, when they divide, they have the potential to develop into other types of cells so that your body can create new muscle, cartilage, tendons, and other tissues.

Studies consistently show a positive correlation between the number of circulating stem cells and health, wellness, and regenerative capabilities. So, because stem cells deteriorate as we age, older people don’t tend to heal as fast as younger people and they feel increased effects of injury, illness, and other signs of aging.

Acupuncture for stem cells

Research shows that electroacupuncture (a type of acupuncture) helps stimulate the brain to release stem cells. Unlike many other medical treatments, acupuncture actually activates your body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Electroacupuncture and the subsequent release of stem cells help your body improve blood flow, create new tissue, and decrease inflammation.

Another benefit of acupuncture is that it is effective for healing both new injuries and old chronic ones that have been affecting you for a long time. It also helps strengthen and prepare your body to deal with potential future injuries and illnesses.

Woman with healthy stem cells holding hands

How does electroacupuncture work?

Electroacupuncture is very similar to traditional acupuncture. The difference is that we apply a very small electrical current to the needles (typically between 40-80 microamps). The vibration from this current is what triggers the natural mechanism in your brain, telling it to release stem cells. Electroacupuncture uses similar needles to traditional acupuncture too. They are all sterile, single-use, and about the thickness of a human hair.

Many people worry about what electroacupuncture will feel like and if it will be uncomfortable. The truth is, it’s no more uncomfortable than traditional acupuncture, which most people don’t even feel. In fact, many patients say that electroacupuncture is especially soothing and that the treatment is more fluid than traditional acupuncture.

Electroacupuncture is a safe, gentle way to enhance and maintain your stem cells. The treatment has numerous benefits for your body, including:

  • Faster healing time
  • Pain reduction (including chronic pain)
  • Tissue repair
  • Collagen production

Is electroacupuncture right for you?

Electroacupuncture can benefit anyone who has pain from an injury, illness, or surgery. Regardless of how long ago you were injured or how acute your pain is, electroacupuncture can help you maintain your stem cells, reduce the pain, and heal faster.

People often want to jump-start their stem cells for a variety of reasons, but the two most common are:

  1. To treat a degenerative condition, relieve pain, or lessen the effects of aging
  2. To cultivate stem cells for medical use later in life

We offer two different stem cell enhancement programs at Pinpoint Acupuncture. Learn about our approaches and see which program is best for you, or get in touch with us now to set up your consultation at our St. Helens or Portland location.