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how.png Acupuncture is a therapy which uses natural laws and energetic with the application of sterilized, disposable needles to specific “points” of the body.  These points are grouped along specific pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as energy, called qi, freely flows through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of qi is absent, excessive, interrupted or blocked in an area, health is disrupted as well resulting in illness or pain. By stimulating acupuncture points along the meridians, qi is released and regulated, restoring health.  

Acupuncture has been proved scientifically in three ways. First, when an acupuncture needle is inserted into a traditional acupuncture point, certain nerve fibers are stimulated, which results in a nerve impulse being sent to the spinal cord. Here, endorphogenic cells are stimulated to release endorphins (brain chemicals) such as enkephalin and dynorphin. These substances provide local inhibition (blocking) of the incoming pain signal. 

Second, the nerve impulse produced by the acupuncture needle is also transmitted to the periaqueductal gray area of the mid-brain, where enkephalin is released. Enkephalin, in turn, brings about the release of monoamine neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the spinal cord. These monoamines play a role in suppressing the transmission of the pain impulse. In addition to its role in reducing pain, serotonin is involved in producing an antidepressant effect in the brain.  

A third effect of acupuncture is the release of beta-endorphin and Andreno-Cortico-Tropic Hormone (ACTH) from the pituitary gland into the bloodstream system-wide pan relief, remote from the area where the acupuncture needle was inserted. ACTH, in turn, activates the adrenal gland to release cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol is a naturally occurring steroid substance that had anti-inflammatory properties. 
 
The net result of these 3 areas being simulated is an inhibition of the incoming pain sensation locally, a general, morphinelike, pain-relieving effect throughout the body, an anti-inflammatory effect, and a general sense of improved well-being. Depending on which acupuncture points are chosen, whether they are near the painful site or father away, determines which of the 3 pathways mentioned are primarily activated.
 
Also, studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. It encourages brain to release more endorphins, the hormones which are effective in relieving pain. Acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride level in the blood, the functioning of gastroentero system and activity of endocrine system. It harmonizes and balances qi, improves circulation and allows body to heal by itself more quickly.