How Acupuncture Works

Since approximately 200 BC, there has been documented effects of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Scientists are now exploring how Chinese Medicine works exactly.  According to the Wall Street Journal (2010), Acupuncture works by stimulating endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), blocking pain receptors, and stimulating the areas of the body that promote rest. The acupuncture treatment encourages blood flow and tissue repair at the needle sites while rebooting the Autonomic Nervous System which deals with the heart beat, breathing, and digestion. It also decreases the activity of the limbic system which is the emotional part of the brain. A light spinning of the needles stretches the cells in the connective tissue like massage and yoga do. For more information, please see the full article below:

Melinda Beck (2010). Decoding An Ancient Therapy: High Tech Tools Show How Acupuncture Works in Treating Arthritis, Back Pain, Other Ills.