The questions arises, How does Acupuncture work? Scientists have no real answer to this; as you know many of the workings of the body are still a mystery. There are a few prevailing theories.

By some unknown process, Acupuncture raises triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins, opsonins and overall anti-body levels. This is called the "Augmentation of Immunity" Theory.

The "Endorphin" Theory states that Acupuncture stimulates the secretions of endorphins in the body called Enkaphalins.

The "Neurotransmitter" Theory states that certain neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin and Noradrenaline are affected but Acupuncture.

"Circulatory" Theory states that Acupuncture has the effect of constricting or dilating blood vessels. This may be caused by the body's release of Vasodilators such as Histamine, in response to Acupuncture.

Inherency Theory: The human body's regenerative power, the body seeks homeostasis.

Blood Theory:

Vasodilation: Acupuncture promotes the flow of blood, increasing blood circulation.

Vasoconstriction: Acupuncture slows the flow of blood circulation( relieving stroke, regulating blood pressure.)

Blood Increase: Tests have shown white corpuscles that fight infection and promote healing of tissue damage and neutrophil juvenile, which protects against infection and reduce inflammation, increase during Acupuncture. This ocurrence leads to the belief that Acupuncture can enable the body to fight infectious diseases.

Nerve Theory: Chinese Physicians view Nerve and Energy (Qi) systems as interrelated, but not the same. The nerve system is a part of the meridian system but the meridian is much more than just a nerve system.

Motor Points: These are points located near the attachment of a nerve to a muscle. These nerve influence specific areas of the body. The goal is to produce a change in the Central Nervous System; these points all lie within the neural segment that supplies innervation to the afflicted region. Needling these points preoccupy the nerve center in the brain and the brain does not attend to the impulse of pain. This allows time for the body to cope with the pain. This is the Gate Theory. It may also direct movement to and from the area for healing.


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