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Acupuncture the Science (Evidence Guide for Sceptics Part Two)

Updated: Apr 18

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Acupuncture the Science (Evidence Guide for Sceptics Part Two)

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has become increasingly popular in the Western world. This alternative therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. The process is believed to restore balance to the body's blood flow, treat a variety of ailments, and promote overall wellness.

At a molecular level, the insertion of acupuncture needles triggers a cascade of biochemical events within the body. Research has shown that acupuncture can affect the release of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other signaling molecules. These chemical messengers help to regulate various bodily functions and play a role in pain perception, mood, and immune function.

One of the critical biochemical reactions that occur during acupuncture is the release of endorphins. These are the body's natural painkillers, which can help reduce pain and inflammation. Endorphins can also produce a sense of euphoria or well-being, which may contribute to the relaxation and stress reduction often reported by acupuncture patients.

Acupuncture has also been shown to affect neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine levels. Serotonin regulates mood, sleep, and appetite, while dopamine plays a role in motivation, reward, and reinforcement. By modulating these chemical messengers, acupuncture may help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Studies also suggest that acupuncture can influence the immune system's activity. In particular, acupuncture has been shown to increase the production of natural killer cells, essential in the body's defense against viral infections and cancer. Acupuncture can also stimulate the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Overall, the effects of acupuncture on the body are complex and multifaceted. From a molecular perspective, acupuncture needles can trigger several biochemical reactions that help restore balance and promote healing. While the evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture is still mixed, many people have reported significant improvement in their symptoms and an overall sense of well-being after undergoing this ancient therapy. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. If you have questions, please book a complementary 15-minute consultation or initial treatment. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post. If you have any more questions or concerns, check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these help answer most people's questions.


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