Nobody knows completely and totally how acupuncture works. There seem to be MANY mechanisms involved, however researchers have recently discovered something interesting.
BIOCHEMICAL REACTION- Researchers found that acupuncture causes a special reaction in the body that reduces inflammation and pain. The study, published in Molecular Neurobiology found that just one needle was able to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Acupuncture seems to flip a switch that causes the initial inflammatory response of the body to go away, and causes the secondary healing effects to kick in.
MANY MECHANISMS- Remember, this is just one mechanism by which acupuncture has been found to work. There are literally dozens of other mechanisms found to be at play when acupuncture is applied, from increasing blood flow to the damaged area, to triggering the release of your body’s own natural pain killers, to causing changes in the nervous system and hormone system. Research on the effects and benefits of acupuncture is ongoing.
Hope this helps,
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
This week’s bit of Useless Information: It is possible to get DNA off of a cigarette butt in the street, sequence it, and 3-D print a very accurate face of the smoker from it.
This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C. Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such. They are opinion and are for informational purposes only. None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.