Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc
Reasons Why Acupuncture Works So Incredibly Well!
How Acupuncture Works
Most people know that Acupuncture relieves pain, reduces inflammation and restores homeostasis (balance). There are two main ways of explaining how acupuncture works.
Increased blood flow
Stimulation of the nervous system
Flow of Oxygen, Nutrients & Blood
One of reasons why acupuncture works is that it improves the flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood through specific networks of blood vessels to nourish every cell of our body.
In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that the number one cause of disease is blood stagnation (a lack of proper blood circulation). When there’s a problem with blood flow to any particular area of the body, that area can’t function properly.
As Acupuncture causes your blood vessels to dilate and increases blood flow, it relieves pain, improves organ function and prevents aging.
Acupuncture Stimulates the Nervous System
Another reason why acupuncture works so well is that it stimulates the nervous system, by activating nociceptor sensory nerves, and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin to the spine and into the brain. For example, Acupuncture improves the nerve signal to your brain and forces your brain to release opioids (natural painkillers) to shut off the pain signal and eliminate pain.
Acupuncture works by treating the 5 main factors that influence your health:
Flow of oxygen/function of your body
Flow of blood in your body
Health of your blood vessels
Health of your organs
Health of your nervous system