How Does Acupuncture Work

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that has been around for centuries. Many people have heard about acupuncture, but not everyone has tried it, nor knows much about it. How can be poked with tiny hair-thin needles possibly help you?

There are several ways in which acupuncture provides the body with the ability to heal.

Beta-endorphin, dynorphin, encephalin and endomorphin are released within the central nervous system and bind to opiod receptors in the brain, creating an analgesic effect. Not only are endorphins vital in relieving pain, but they are also our feel-good hormones that give us that wonderful positive feeling, great energy, and euphoria.

Acupuncture needles with spa stone on tray, closeup

Acupuncture needles with spa stone on tray, closeup

A neurotransmitter called serotonin is also released. This naturally occurring chemical produced in our neurons not only helps decrease pain, but it also plays a role in regulating mood, appetite and sleep.

Nitric oxide levels increase, dilating local blood vessels and helping reduce inflammation and increase the immune response.

Acupuncture is being shown to be very beneficial in regulating sex hormones where it has been shown to restore the conversion of androgens to estrogen, and help balance FSH, LH, estrogen and progesterone.

Overall, acupuncture is very beneficial in balancing our neurological, endocrine and immune systems, thus supporting the body’s ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture is a therapy widely recognized by the National Institute of Health. It is very effective in treating numerous conditions. Below is a short list. For more information feel free to visit the World Health Organization.

http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

  • Back pain, arthritis, tennis elbow and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • PCOS
  • Infertility or fertility enhancement
  • Menstrual Irregularities, Menopausal Symptoms
  • Gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal conditions
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Anxiety, depression, insomnia