Acupuncture releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers
Clinical studies have shown that Acupuncture releases natural endorphins. This has been measured as endorphin levels in the blood rise after Acupuncture. Endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter, they transmit electrical signals in the nervous system through the brain and spinal cord. This is one of the reasons it is thought Acupuncture works well for pain conditions and can provide relief: endorphins work on the body’s pain receptors.
Acupuncture improves blood circulation
Acupuncture improves blood circulation, both in the local area and in the brain. It does this without raising arterial blood pressure or pulse rate. Acupuncture could be considered a micro-trauma in the body. This is perfectly safe, but the sensing of this micro-trauma sends messages to your brain that healing needs to occur in your body and the brain then releases chemicals to do this.
Healing and repair
This improvement in circulation helps remove lactic acid and dead blood cells. Replenished blood also helps to restore oxygen to the tissues. Additional treatments used in conjunction with Acupuncture (Moxa, Infrared heat-lamp, Cupping) also help to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow which in turn aid further healing and recovery. This might be the reason Acupuncture is helpful when treating circulatory imbalances.
Acupuncture and the body’s natural energy charge
There is an electric charge (piezoelectric) created in every tissue and cell of the body. This natural charge communicates with different body systems: the organs, the bones and the muscles. This charge (which could be called energy) runs freely through the fascia – the connective tissue found everywhere in the body.
This piezoelectric charge does not move ‘across’ the tissues but instead ‘in between’ the tissues; thus moving in and through the spaces between our different body systems. By moving this way the piezoelectric charge is able to effect different areas of the body and body systems simultaneously. There are many similarities between Qi and piezoelectric charge. Qi can’t be seen, but it moves around the body and you can feel it and experience the effects of it. This is similar to piezoelectric charge moving in between tissues and through the body and may explain why physical Acupuncture channels have yet to be detected and why needling one area of the body creates a healing response in a different area.
For further information on how Acupuncture works and on the above theories I encourage you to read “The Spark in the Machine” by Dr. Daniel Keown.