Acupuncture is one of the oldest, yet still one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicines in the world. It originated from the Eastern civilization thousand years ago and was used to deal with various ailments even before the scientific medicine came along. Acupuncture deals with a variety of ailments concentrating in stress-induced complaints such as headache, muscle strain, back pains, and the like although it generally helps treat and prevent diseases linking the body with the emotional and the psychological aspect of the person. Acupuncture is now available at your local Lutz chiropractor office too.
Acupuncture has been very popular because it is not only safe, but it also provides a pain-free and relaxing avenue to treat ailments. Acupuncture revolves around the natural healing of a person using thin and long needles inserted in various points in the body identified by the acupuncturist. Much like how the Chinese civilization 5000 years ago accepted and utilized acupuncture, people today are still very interested in this traditional medicine.
Many people have already provided subjective reports that acupuncture is indeed beneficial for their individual conditions. Regardless of the absence of a strong scientific explanation on how acupuncture yields benefits, proponents and patients still believe on its efficacy. But how does acupuncture work?
There are two general explanation on the mechanism of acupuncture: one from the Eastern belief and one from the Western belief; nevertheless, they point out to the effects and benefits of acupuncture as a whole.
The Eastern Explanation on the Mechanism of Acupuncture
The Eastern belief on acupuncture is rooted on the Chinese culture. According to them, acupuncture works by releasing obstructed life energy from certain points in the body. The Chinese believe that Qi (life energy) is present and flowing inside our body and any obstruction in its flow may lead to energy imbalance and illness. Acupuncture then works by releasing and improving the flow of this Qi to promote well-being.
Furthermore, certain acupoints or meridians in the body cater to specific organs so when a person suffers from a specific ailment, specific acupoints are also used to release the flow of energy for that major organ.
The eastern belief on the mechanism of acupuncture has not yet been proven in scientific studies. Experts studying on the benefits of acupuncture have found other mechanisms of acupuncture, which is scientifically grounded leading to the Western explanation of Acupuncture.
The Western Explanation on the Mechanism of Acupuncture
Inserting needles in acupuncture was seen to stimulate sensory receptors, which subsequently stimulates the nerve impulse transmission in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain. This activity promotes the release of endorphins, which are natural analgesics and are neurotransmitters responsible for wellness and sense of balance. Activating this process specifically helps in the management of back pain and other pain-associated conditions.
In addition to this, acupuncture was also seen to stimulate the release of serotonin, which is another neurotransmitter that improves the mood of a person making acupuncture effective for mood disorders such as depression.
All these effects eventually lead to improved circulation, pain relief, reduced inflammation and relaxation of individuals undergoing acupuncture.