HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Current Theories on the Mechanism of Acupuncture
NEUROTRANSMITTER AND AUTONOMIC THEORY
BLOOD CHEMISTRY THEORY
GATE CONTROL THEORY
Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of endorphins and enkephalins. Those are our body’s natural painkillers and stress fighters. It also helps stimulate the body’s nervous system teaching it to relax and not stay in overdrive.
Acupuncture affects the blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids. Acupuncture can both raise and diminish lower blood components thereby regulating the body towards balance.
Acupuncture asserts its stimulus to overload the nerve impulse and reduce the pain signal in a gentle and effective way. This is like listening to one voice in a crowded room with many people talking. Acupuncture helps teach the brain to turn off types of pain that are not useful.