HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

 
 

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How does acupuncture work? Read below about the many effects acupuncture has on the body.

 
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Decreased Inflammation

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Acupuncture needles decrease inflammation at a cellular level to reduce pain, swelling, and the body's inflammatory response.

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Increased Blood Flow

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Microtrauma at the sites of acupuncture points encourage the body to mobilize red and white blood cells to encourage tissue recovery and circulation.

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Parasympathetic Activation

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Studies using fMRI technology demonstrate that acupuncture activates a parasympathetic response within the brain during treatment. This is the opposite of the 'fight or flight' response, and explains how acupuncture can have a sedative, relaxing effect and improve digestion and sleep.

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Neurotransmitter Release

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Acupuncture has been shown to cause the brain to release natural 'painkiller' chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin - both essential for pain relief and mental wellbeing.

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Pain Relief

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Acupuncture may affecting pain-modulating neurotransmitters such as met-enkephalin and substance P along the nociceptive pathway of the brain. 

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Hormone Regulation

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Acupuncture may affect the hypothalamus pituitary axis and reduce the release of the luteinizing hormone in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Acupuncture Scientific Evidence

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Acupuncture: An Overview of Scientific Evidence

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