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Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been practiced for over 2000 years. While many have debated about whether or not acupuncture actually works, when done correctly acupuncture produces measurable changes in the body’s physiology. These changes prove that acupuncture does have a distinct and helpful effect on the body.

Some of the notable physiological changes that acupuncture promotes include:

  • Increased circulation
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Pain relief
  • Relief of muscle spasms
  • Stimulation of the immune system

The physiological changes that occur with acupuncture stem from the skin’s surface and channel all the way to the brain. When the needles are placed into the skin, they stimulate sensory receptors and create electrical sensitivity. Along with the belief that the meridian system is restored and Qi will be able to move freely, this electrical stimulation sends impulses to the pituitary gland and endorphins are released as a result.

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killing chemicals. When released they help regulate serotonin.  Serotonin is a natural mood enhancer and helps to alleviate depression.  The endorphins also work to alleviate pain, arthritis, PMS, and many other disorders.

Over the last 200 years the marked results of acupuncture have been documented and studied. While some say the meridian system and flow of Qi is nonexistent and not important to health and healing, they still can’t deny the possible placebo effect of acupuncture. Evidence of its validity can also be noted an increasing number of mainstream Western doctors prescribe it in conjunction with traditional medicine for many ailments, especially those that cause a lot of pain. Acupuncture’s popularity continues to in spite of those who question its effectiveness.

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