Acupuncture how it works?
The World Health Organization maintains an extensive list of diseases and conditions (mostly pain related) treatable by acupuncture. Many doctors now recommend acupuncture when conventional medicine fails them or when convention treatment entails too many adverse side effects.
The science and art of acupuncture involves insertion of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture forms a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originated in China over 5000 years ago. The major benefits of Acupuncture are: * Drug-free pain relief * Assists prevention against disease * Treats the cause as well as the symptoms* Holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions
How does Acupuncture Work?
There are two important explanations to this question.
Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an integrated system, which has been used for thousands of years to treat injury and illness. Acupuncture forms one of the key components to the TCM approach to curing disease and disorders of the body. The body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. TCM likens the human body to a highly complex electrical circuit. It must be kept in good working order. If the circuit breaks down the result is illness. Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (pronounced CHEE, meaning vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. It is essential for qi, as well as blood to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner for good health of the mind and body. Acupuncture meridians or channels are the pathways through which the energy flows throughout the body. Acupuncture points lie along the meridians and are the holes that allow entry into the acupuncture meridians. The acupuncture points provide gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease body’s vital substances, qi (energy) & blood, thus correcting many of the body’s imbalances.
Western Scientific Explanation:
Acupuncture primarily produces its effects through regulating the nervous system. Regulation of the nervous system aids the activity of pain-killing biochemical’s, such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. Alters brain chemistry by releasing of neurotransmitters and neurohormones which affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature. These clinical effects can be summarised as the following: Augmentation of Immunity Theory- Increased Immune Functions & Resistance to Disease. Endorphin Theory- Reduction of Pain Neurotransmitter Theory - Inflammation Reduction & Promotion of Feelings of Well Being Circulatory Theory – Improved Circulation & Smooth Muscle Relaxation Gate Control Theory - Increased Pain Tolerance. Motor Gate Theory - Hasten Motor Recovery from Paralysis. Bioelectric Theory - Stimulation of cells of tissue growth & repair. Nervous System Theories- Central Nervous System, Spinal & Peripheral nerve stimulation, resulting in some of the above-mentioned effects.
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