Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has existed for 2000 years and it works by activating the body’s own healing mechanism to promote self-healing.
As Acupuncture Physicians, we are only a tool in helping to correct an imbalance within the body. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including physical and emotional pain. Despite its ability to effectively treat certain conditions, it is often categorized as a placebo effect. I assure you – it’s not. There’s scientific reasoning as to why acupuncture works.
Here are 3 ways that acupuncture works:
1. Acupuncture stimulates the release of powerful pain-killing and anti-inflammatory substances from the brain. Each treatment stimulates the release of enkephalin which is involved with regulating the nervous system’s response to harmful or potentially harmful stimuli. By creating this reaction we improve the body’s circulation of blood and energy to the affected area, thus promoting healing.
2. Acupuncture changes the way your brain responds to pain and can modify internal organ function to treat many complex diseases. The brain views areas of the body as according to the “cortical homunculus” – which is a distorted view of the body. Areas such as the head and fingers are viewed as a much larger image in comparison to other areas of the body. When we needle these larger images, we create a powerful reaction in the brain that allows for healing to occur. Needling these larger images can be described as distal acupuncture since we are needling far from the site of pain or the affected area. By doing so, the body releases beta-endorphins which are described to be much stronger than morphine. Beta-endorphins help numb and dull the pain. Each point has a nerve reaction. For example, the cardiac nerve is located within the deltoid, so when we needle this area we can stimulate the heart.
3. Acupuncture has many local effects including relaxation of contracted muscles and increase in blood circulation. When certain ailments arise, we believe that it’s due to a lack of circulation of blood and energy. So, by improving circulation we bring in new nutrients thus decreasing the symptoms of the disease at hand. When a patient is needled in the area in which the symptoms occur, it is enriched with new blood and nutrients. This causes a reduction in pain and inflammation along with relaxation of nerves and muscles.
Acupuncture works through a wide range of approaches, theories, and techniques in order to provide patients with an effective treatment. There are multiple ways of tackling a condition when it comes to acupuncture, and all with little side effects. If you’re interested in receiving acupuncture treatments, call 321-332-6984 to schedule an appointment. If you are curious but still not sure if this modality of healthcare can help you, call us to schedule a free consultation and learn more with no obligation.