The scientific basis for acupuncture has actually been extensively studied. Acupuncture points are at the site of tiny neurovascular bundles lying just beneath the surface of the skin.
These anatomical sites are “reactive” in the sense that when they are stimulated with a needle, changes take place within the components of the nervous system—nerves, spinal cord and brain.
As a needle is inserted into the skin, surface blood vessels that are associated with nerves are also affected, increasing blood flow to the area. Inflammation decreases, and the pain messages that are carried and interpreted by the nervous system are modulated and lessened.
With acupuncture treatment, balance is restored between the sympathetic and parasympathetic components of the autonomic nervous system. With improved reflex autonomic control, optimal internal organ function is restored.
Tight muscles that contain areas of spasm and muscles that are inhibited and weak can be brought back into working order by acupuncture stimulation. Deactivation of “trigger points” in muscles is one of the most remarkable effects of needling. This “local treatment” is an important facet in the approach to treating acute and chronic muscle pain.
What’s even more exciting are the changes in the brain that take place when an acupuncture point is stimulated. Areas of the brain that are involved with hormone production, pain modulation and pain control are all affected. Endorphin and serotonin, the neurotransmitters so important for perception of wellbeing, are increased by picuring acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point affects its own specific area of the brain and a treatment plan can be formulated to meet your own specific problems!
So the use of acupuncture actually activates your own body’s natural resources for healing, organ function and pain control!