Scientific Approach to Acupuncture

Acupuncture, a Chinese medical practice that has existed for over 2,000 years, treats a variety of disorders ranging from chronic pain to allergies to insomnia. Based on the belief that pain, illness, and other ailments are the result of imbalances in the body, acupuncture works through the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Over millennia of practice, Chinese practitioners have mapped hundreds of acupuncture points, and recent scientific research, using functional MRIs, blood tests and other proven methodologies, has confirmed that acupuncture does cause measurable physiological changes in the body.


Acupuncture and Wellness

Chinese Medicine posits that most physical and psychological disorders are the result of energy imbalances in the body. In terms of pain, for instance, blockages near the region of pain prevent blood and nutrients from reaching the injured area. Acupuncture aims to restore the body’s balance and remove blockages to alleviate pain and improve overall well-being. For instance, acupuncture can help:

  • Speed recovery by increasing blood circulation
  • Reduce inflammation, stress, and anxiety
  • Treat insomnia and decrease fatigue
  • Reduce the frequency of tension headaches
  • Prevent migraine headaches
  • Alleviate pain in the low back, neck, and knees

Science and Acupuncture

Although the practice of acupuncture has existed for thousands of years, there is a lot we still do not know about how acupuncture works on a physiological level. However, recent scientific research has shown that acupuncture can effectively treat symptoms such as back pain, nausea, headaches, and more. For instance, studies have found that that acupuncture can help stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Research has also shown that many acupuncture points overlie neuronal bundles, so stimulating the point with a needle can affect the underlying nerve and the muscles, organs and other tissues that the nerve innervates. Other studies have indicated that acupuncture to specific points can increase white blood cells and stimulate areas of the brain involved in saliva production. These findings are just some examples of mechanisms of action that research has attributed to acupuncture. Although we still do not have a great understanding of how acupuncture works, research is already proving that acupuncture has specific physiological effects on the body, and continuing research will likely unravel more of the “mysteries” surrounding this millennia-old form of medicine.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Acupuncture can help treat various types of pain and many illnesses and other disorders. If you are considering trying acupuncture, contact Gordon Performance Acupuncture. PLLC to learn more or to make an appointment. Amy Gordon, L.Ac. is a certified acupuncturist who strives to help all of her patients achieve their wellness goals. Call or email our office today for more information or to schedule your first appointment. You can reach us by phone at 928-266-6261 or via email at [email protected]


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