Does Acupuncture really work?

November 19th, 2010


Acupuncture does work. Scientific studies have proven that acupuncture works. Presently there are five prevailing theories:

1. Acupuncture enhances the immune system. Post acupuncture blood draws have revealed an increase in levels of white blood cell counts, specific hormones, prostaglandins, gamma globulins, and overall anti-body levels. This is beneficial for everyone and explains how acupuncture helps a multitude of ailments (allergies, chronic disorders, compromised immune systems, etc…), as well as serves as preventive medicine.

2. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain killer, many times stronger than morphine. This explains how acupuncture gets rid of pain, treats addictions, and makes you feel good.

3. Acupuncture regulates neurotransmitter levels, such as serotonin and noradrenaline. These neurotransmitters play a role in treating depression as well as appetite control.

4. Acupuncture promotes circulation and has the effect of constricting or dilating blood vessels. This explains how acupuncture can treat many different conditions, promotes balance, and addresses the whole body, not only symptoms. Blood flow is what nourishes the body and allows for proper function of all bodily systems.

5. The Gate Control Theory explains that acupuncture overloads nerve gates with impulses which thereby block the sensation of pain.