Medical Acupunture

At Instituto de Medicina Integrativa we have two doctors who do acupuncture.

The practice of medical acupuncture consists of inserting very fine needles in the tissues, allowing to modulate the functioning of the Nervous System, Endocrine System and Immune System.

According to the Portuguese Medical Acupuncture Society (S.P.M.A.):

Acupuncture exerts its effects through stimulation of nerve endings in punctured tissues. This local stimulation causes the release of a number of substances that have as final effect the increase of local circulation, with the improvement of oxygenation and nutrient supply to the tissues (…). Currently it is known that acupuncture has profound effects at all levels of the nervous system, from the peripheral nerves, spinal cord and brain, particularly the limbic system (a set of brain areas related to emotions), the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, as well as the cerebral cortex. The intervention was also well established in a number of areas of the Central Nervous System, which, when activated, inhibit/influence the transmission of pain from the spinal cord to the brain.

Acupuncture can be helpful in several pathologies, such as:


Musculoskeletal system disorders: back pain, neck pain, pain in the shoulders and knees, sciatica, lumbago, disc herniation, contractures, tendinitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, sprains, rheumatoid arthritis


Respiratory system disorders: asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis


Digestive system disorders: constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcer, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis…


Nervous system disorders: depression, anxiety, stress, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, insomnia…


Neurological system disorders: headache, facial palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, Vertigo, tinnitus, stroke aftereffects…


Genito-urinary system disorders: irregular cycles, menstrual pain, impotence, premature ejaculation, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, renal colic, poor fetal position, infertility…


Other disorders: as complementary treatment in chemotherapy and radiation therapy, hypertension, psoriasis, eczema, obesity, cellulitis, smoking withdrawal.

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