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How Does Acupuncture Really Work??!

Lets look at the scientific mechanisms behind Acupuncture.

Acupuncture, an ancient healing practice possibly originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine, has gained widespread recognition for its therapeutic benefits. While it may seem mysterious, there is a scientific basis to explain how acupuncture works.Here we will explore the scientific mechanisms underlying acupuncture and shed light on its fascinating effects on the body.

Upon the location of an acupuncture point area to the insertion of the needle, The body is calculating and undergoing a vast change. The stimulus of this process is what underpins the transaction of the needle being inserted. You might read things say it is all energy or qi in the meridians but in reality we know there is a deep physiological awakening taking place. Energy movement? Of course, doesn't the single electrical charge to the heart create a beat. That initiates the life force of blood to flow through us.

Here are 3 physiological processes that take place with acupuncture needle insertion.

1. Neurotransmitter Modulation

Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body known as acupuncture points or points. Research has shown that this stimulation triggers the release of various neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, serotonin, and adenosine. These substances play a crucial role in pain modulation, mood regulation, and overall physiological balance. By influencing neurotransmitter levels, acupuncture can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote a sense of well-being.

2. Neural Pathway Activation

Acupuncture also affects neural pathways within the body. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into an point, it stimulates sensory receptors, sending signals to the brain. These signals activate the central nervous system and initiate a cascade of responses, including the release of natural pain-relieving substances, increased blood flow, and enhanced tissue healing. Additionally, acupuncture can help regulate autonomic functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion, by modulating the activity of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

3. Connective Tissue Stimulation

Recent studies have highlighted the role of connective tissue, particularly the fascia, in acupuncture's therapeutic effects. The needle insertion stimulates fibroblasts in the fascia, leading to the production and release of extracellular matrix components, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. This process helps improve tissue integrity, promote healing, and enhance communication within the body's interconnected network of cells and tissues.

So acupuncture's effectiveness can be explained by the scientific mechanisms it engages within the body. From neurotransmitter modulation to neural pathway activation and connective tissue stimulation, acupuncture influences various physiological processes, promoting pain relief, improved well-being, blood flow and overall health balancing. As research continues to uncover the intricacies of acupuncture, its integration with conventional medical practices offers promising avenues for comprehensive healthcare approaches.

From the Chinese medicine perspective we are essentially moving blood, fluids and electrical messages throughout the body. Through the designated channels which make up the acupuncture model. We are not adding anything in. Merely moving funds from one bank account to another bank account to balance out what is needed. So from a scientific standpoint you can see that the secrecy of how the needle works is a little less daunting. But we should still appreciate how complex and simple this medicine is.

Should you have any questions about how acupuncture could benefit you. Reach out through email or give the clinic a call and we will be more than happy to answer any query. Education and awareness in this medicine, increase the benefits you receive when you commit to a treatment plan.

Disclaimer: It's important to note that while acupuncture has shown beneficial effects for many individuals, individual responses may vary, and it is always advisable to consult with a qualified acupuncturist for personalised advice and treatment. I suggest booking in with Dr Jacob Hoskins as soon as you can.

A bit about me:

Dr. Jacob Hoskins BHSc Chinese Medicine, DIpREM

Dr. Jacob Hoskins is passionate about healing, results and helping others achieve the best out of their lives. Your movement without pain and restriction will give you confidence to carry on doing what you love doing. At Jacob Hoskins Acupuncture your whole health is taken into consideration to create ultimate healing steps towards longevity. Im result driven and want to see my patients thrive in this ever increasingly busy world. Free from painful limitations and the weight of unbalanced health patterns.


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Langevin, H. M., & Yandow, J. A. (2002). Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes. The Anatomical Record, 269(6), 257-265.

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