How Acupuncture Works

We have been intrigued with acupuncture and the mechanisms behind the therapy for decades. More recent findings have found that acupuncture has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Acupuncture has also been shown to impact the release of serotonin, endorphins, neuropeptides, dopamine, and cytokines, which may help explain why acupuncture impacts pain and emotional issues.

Modern Acupuncture Understanding

Acupuncture, and our understanding of it, is always evolving and has been since it was developed thousands of years ago. Within the current understanding of Distal Needling technique, the therapy is helping to effectively circulate blood through the body. One important aspect of the blood is oxygen, which we understand as the “qi” that the ancient scholars referred to. This oxygen is require for every organ and cell in our body to function and survive. The blood also contains nutrients and fluids that our body needs to be viable.

As we go about our lives, blood flow can get stuck or fail to flow properly. Stress, emotional imbalance, injuries, repetitive actions, and more can impair our flow and prevent some of our tissues from getting the nutrients they need. This also causes a build up of heat, dampness, and stuck blood that further damage other tissues. The acupuncture encourages vasodilation, allowing more blood flow, promotes natural painkillers, and reduces inflammation in the tissue.

With a series of treatments, these effects of acupuncture build upon themselves and the body begins to make substantial changes. Not only are symptoms alleviated, but also the structures and systems are actually healed and the body has relearned a pattern of healthy function rather than dysfunction.

Classical Acupuncture Understanding

Within the theories and framework of Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along channels to cause change. These channels are often likened to rivers, where congestion, drought, or flooding can affect the surround areas or areas upstream. In the body, these issues present themselves as pain and disease. Acupuncture works to direct blood flow and to re-establish balance and heal the body. This view of the body is very holistic, taking into account the whole body and the interconnectivity of each aspect. The goal of acupuncture is to help the body regain its balance and harmony and reach it’s full health potential.

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