What is Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the main treatment modalities utilized under the Traditional Eastern Medicine umbrella. Acupuncture itself is the act of inserting tiny sterilized needles into specific points along the body to acquire a certain outcome. The outcome ranges from decreasing pain to reducing nausea. Acupuncture points are located everywhere, from the head and eyes down to the feet and are chosen based on certain symptoms the patients displays.

How does acupuncture work?

When most people think of acupuncture, the primary thought is something that is mysterious and a little weird. It is to some extent, but it also has scientific basics behind how and why it works.

Acupuncture Endorphin Theory

Acupuncture stimulates endorphin release. Endorphins are natural neurotransmitters (produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland) that work as a chemical process to regulate and inhibit pain perception. Endorphins interact with the pain pathway at a certain location of the spinal cord (dorsal horn) and interferes with the action of another chemical called substance P. Substance P is like to opposite of endorphins, it helps carry pain signals to the brain. Endorphins block the action of substance P resulting in fewer pain impulses sent to the brain.

Endorphins are similar to a best friend for our body. They regulate the degree of pain being felt which then allows our body to start recovering. Other ways endorphins are released is through exercise and laughter.

The Eastern Theory

In Chinese medicine, there's channels located on the body from top to bottom. On those channels are acupuncture points. When the body becomes sick, whether is it pain, infertility, or acid reflux, there is a belief that something is not balanced or something is stagnated, or not flowing like it should be.

For example, when there is traffic build up on the expressway due to a stalled vehicle, the person driving a tow truck has to find the vehicle and remove it. Their job is to not only get the vehicle to an auto shop, but also clear traffic so that it is moving efficiently again.

Acupuncturists are the same way. When there is something wrong with the body, we have to find out where it is and remove it. BUT there is one step that is different from a traffic jam and western medicine. We have to find out why the condition occurred in the first place, then proceed to proper treatment.

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