As a qualified/certified Acupuncturist I use various and styles of acupuncture based on your needs. Many times working with areas of the body related to, but not in the area of pain, discomfort or dysfunction to address these health complaints. This means that I am able to treat areas of your body which is not in the direct area you are experiencing the discomfort.
A significant amount of research has been conducted to investigate how acupuncture works at a physiological level. The areas which have been studied most are the effects of acupuncture in relieving pain and inflammation.
This is not withstanding many other physiological functions which are affected by acupuncture. For example in the application of addressing conditions such as: gastric acidity/nausea, digestive function, cardiovascular, respiratory and allergies have also been the focus of significant research undertakings.
Acupuncture relieves pain via a series of complex signalling pathways, mediators and receptors. Stimulus to an acupuncture point travels through the nervous system, first through the spine and then into the brain to trigger particular interactions in brain centers.
This stimulus results in the release of chemical mediators such as: serotonin, dopamine, noradrenalin and endogenous opioids such as endorphins, enkephalins, dynorphins and endomorphins. To date over 30 chemical mediators have been identified as participants in this process. For those interested and scientifically inclined, below is a link to a comprehensive article exploring the physiological reactions facilitating the outcome of pain relief in those suffering persistent pain:
ACUPUNCTURE & PAIN RELIEF
ACUPUNCTURE & INFLAMMATION
A growing body of research undertakings are exploring acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory mechanism. For example research undertaken by McDonald et al., (2013) explored acupuncture’s potential in downregulating inflammation in the treatment of allergic rhinitis.