Acupuncture is a painless and sterile method of stimulating the healing response of the body with over 24,000 peer reviewed science references. The following are some of the mechanisms that research into acupuncture has revealed;
Acupuncture increases blood flow – When a needle is inserted into the skin it stimulates the peripheral nervous system which causes a vasomotor response so that blood circulates locally to the needle site and other referred areas. Blood flow is essential for the healing process as it brings oxygen, nutritional, hormonal, painkilling and immunological components to the affected area. By utilizing this response we can target tissues and areas in need of increased blood flow and oxygenation.
As we age blood flow progressively decreases due to sedentary lifestyle, disease and trauma. Declining blood flow leads to changes in many tissues throughout the body and a corresponding reduction in vitality. This decline leads to further deterioration of health and the production of disease. Recent studies have shown that low oxygen levels may be the primary cause for tumour growth in certain cancers.
Acupuncture releases painkiller and feel-good hormones – Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, noradrenalin and serotonin are released. Some of these hormones are more potent than morphine and may be the reason for the euphoria often experienced after an acupuncture treatment
The acupuncture needle stimulates a healing response – Needle insertion creates a micro trauma in the surrounding tissue initiating an inflammatory process. This triggers the body to heal itself. Fresh blood and nutrients flood the site along with a substance called prostaglandin which regulates inflammation and mobilizes platelets for healing. This effect may also heal any surrounding tissue damage left over from past injuries.
Acupuncture relaxes muscles – which can release pressure on joint regions and nerves improving local blood flow.
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