Many patients consider acupuncture to feel like a deeply relaxing, meditative experience. At the Allergy and Acupuncture Center we practice an extremely gentle yet effective style of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown to raise blood levels of white blood cells, prostaglandins, gamma globulin, and overall antibody levels, suggesting that acupuncture has the effect of strengthening the body's immune system. It is also effective in the management of autoimmune conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation in the body, especially to the areas adjacent to points being needled. Histamine and other vasodilators are released by the body in response to acupuncture. This is useful in healing injuries, minimizing scar tissue, etc.
Endorphins are the body's natural painkillers and acupuncture stimulates their release. Endorphins are thought to be around 10x stronger than morphine, which is the strongest pharmaceutical pain killer available. This is why acupuncture is so effective in pain management.
Acupuncture has been shown to affect certain neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are associated with insomnia, addiction, depression, sugar cravings, obesity, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Acupuncture raises serotonin levels and can be an effective treatment for these conditions. This also explains why acupuncture makes you feel so good.
Acupuncture is thought to interrupt the neurotransmission of pain by overloading certain “nerve gates” in the central nervous system with stimulation, thus preventing the transmission of the pain signal. In other words, the brain never receives a pain signal and you do not feel pain, which is why acupuncture is considered beneficial for pain management and relieving pain from injuries.