“Your body knows how to heal… it just needs the proper reminder of how.” ~Ã‚Â Dr. Bruce Eichelberger
For thousands of years, the Chinese have known acupuncture works.
Now, modern research shows how. These studies come from Johns Hopkins. They have found ways acupuncture creates change in the body. Here is a quick summary of their findings. Acupuncture:
- Triggers electromagnetic signals. Acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating them enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at greater-than-normal rates. These signals can start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins. They can also release immune system cells to specific body sites.
- Activates the body’s natural pain killers. Acupuncture releases opioids. These are naturally-occurring chemicals in the brain that reduce pain. They can also induce sleep. These chemicals are part of acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects.
- Stimulates of the hypothalamus. This part of the brain controls many body functions. Among them:
- Hormone balance
- Temperature regulation
- Basic functions like thirst, hunger, sleep, mood and sex drive
- Metabolic balance
- Stimulates the pituitary gland. This is often called the “master gland.” It supplies some of the body’s most crucial hormones. These hormones regulate many aspects of your body, including:
- Growth hormone
- Thyroid function
- Sex hormones
- Blood pressure
- Energy metabolism
- Alters brain chemistry. Acupuncture changes brain chemistry in a positive way. It changes the release of neurotransmitters. These are brain substances that stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses. It also changes neurohormones. These are natural brain chemicals that can change the structure or activity of organs.
As you can see, there is more to acupuncture than most people think. These studies show the physiological effects it triggers. But of course there is also more to it.
In fact, Classical Five Element Acupuncture is famous for working at multiple levels. Of course it helps the body function better. But it also improves emotional balance and mental balance. I’ve even seen it be a catalyst for important spiritual growth.
So when you think of acupuncture, don’t just think of pain relief. There is so much more it can help.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,