Studies in the early 1980s found that acupuncture works in part by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, much like vigorous exercise does. More recently, using entirely modern high-tech tools, scientists have found parallels between ancient concepts of acupuncture and modern anatomy. Neuroimaging studies show that acupuncture treatments calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation. Doppler ultrasound shows that acupuncture increases blood flow in treated areas. Thermal imaging shows that it can make inflammation subside.
Further, many of the 365 acupuncture points have been found to correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points in the body. Several meridians track major arteries and nerves. Acupuncture seems to stimulate blood flow and tissue repair at needle sites and send nerve signals to the brain that regulate the perception of pain and reboot the autonomic nervous system, which governs unconscious functions such as heart beat, respiration and digestion.
Further studies continue on the intersections of science, medicine and acupuncture.
*Source: The Wall Street Journal
Compliments to Western Medicine:
More and more, Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are used in tandem to treat patients most efficiently and effectively. More and more insurance companies are covering the treatment of acupuncture, as well. We at Central Oregon Acupuncture are more than willing to work with you and your traditional Western practitioners to provide the best holistic care for you, based on your individual needs. Using Traditional Chinese Medicine in conjunction with other medical treatments is safe and creates no side effects. Why not be as healthy as you can be?