So How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture points have a high concentration of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatics and capillaries, all capable of triggering biochemical and physiological changes in the body from the subtle to the dramatic.
When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor and sets off a chain reaction – the sensory receptor stimulates the nerve, which in turn transmits impulses to the phyothalamic-pituitrary-adrenal system. This complex system of interactions between the brain, hormones and glands is powerhouse, responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes.
One of the processes that acupuncture commonly work with is the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones (200 times more potent than morphine). Endorphines play a significant role in the hormonal system.
Acupuncture is also used to release substances that relax the body and regulate serotonin which affects emotions. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammations, easing of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.