THE SCIENCE: ACUPUNCTURE EXPLAINED The efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, which has been successfully practiced for over 2500 years, has a scientific explanation that is both proven and reproducible.
ACUPUNCTURE HELPS THE BODY HEAL ITSELF In order to function well, a body needs a healthy vascular system that provides excellent blood flow and oxygen delivery to the tissues as well as a healthy organ and nervous system. When blood flow is obstructed to a particular area of the body, due to trauma or an internal disorder, disease or malfunction will result. Acupuncture helps restore proper body functions by improving blood flow, and thus the distribution of vital nutrients from the digestive tract, oxygen, vital immune components such as while blood cells, platelets, clotting proteins, antibodies and interferons, hormones, mineral ions, proteins and glucose, the transportation of waste products and pH maintenance, enabling the body to regulate and heal itself.
ACUPUNCTURE STOPS PAIN In order to feel pain, both sensory nerves (nociceptors) and proprioceptive nerves are involved. The sensory nerves include A delta fibers that register sharp, burning pain, and C fibers that register dull, throbbing pain. The proprioceptive nerves tell the body where the pain is, for example, "my knee hurts right here". When functioing properly, these nerve signals travel to the midbrain triggering the release of endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural painkillers, which bind to pain receptors sites on the spine and quickly stop the pain.
The trouble starts when the proprioceptive signal becomes weak and the midbrain can no longer specifically identify the exact pain location. As a result, blood flow to the area is decreased, endorphins and enkephalins are not released and the chronic pain cycle begins.
Acupuncture creates a stimulation powerful enough to reestablish a strong signal from the sensory nerves to the midbrain prompting the endorphin/enkephalin release. Treatments to jump the neural threshold are repeated until the body reestablishes a connection and begins signaling the brain to release its own painkillers to stop the pain.
ACUPUNCTURE REDUCES INFLAMMATION AND PROMOTES HEALING When a needle is inserted, a minute tissue trauma results, activating the healing process. On a microscopic level, the needle causes mast cells to burst, releasing the building blocks of leukotrines, which are anti-inflammatories. The degranulation of the mast cells also causes the release of chemotactic factors, which attract white blood cells to clean up and repair the area of needle insertion. As blood coagulates, bradykinnin, the sensory and proprioceptive nerve response is triggered, and plasmin, which activates the immune response, is produced. This results in increased blood flow and tissue healing.
CLINICAL STUDIES Acupuncture has been clinically shown to:
Increase immune function & disease resistance
Release endorphins to stop pain
Reduce inflammation reduction & promote feelings of well-being
Improve circulation & smooth muscle relaxation
Increase pain tolerance
Hasten motor recovery from paralysis
Regulate the body’s homeostasis and increase resistance to disease or abnormal conditions
Stimulate production of cells to promote tissue growth & repair
Sedate the central nervous system, increase spinal & peripheral nerve stimulation and improve function
CONDITIONS TREATED The World Health Organization has identified over 40 medical conditions which scientific research and clinical experience have shown acupuncture to be effective: