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The Benefits of Acupuncture

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HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE ON OUR BODIES.

  • ANALGESIC:

    The most commonly known and studied effect of acupuncture is the relief or reduction of short-term and long-term pain.
  • SEDATIVE:

     Acupuncture decreases the delta and theta wave activity in the brain resulting in deep relaxation and/or sleep. This effect allows an acupuncturist to effectively treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, addictions, mental health and stress.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL:

     There is a calming and tranquillizing action in addition to the sedative effect. Measurable changes in brain chemistry have been observed.
  • HOMEOSTATIC:

     This refers to the internal state of the body returning to a natural balance. This involves the sympathetic, parasympathetic divisions of the nervous system and the endocrine system.

    Immune enhancing and regulating: Acupuncture can modulate the immunity response.

  • RESTAURATION: 

    Acupuncture helps local circulation, tissue oxygenation and cellular regeneration in order to promote the self healing aspects of our bodies.

REFERENCES

Arranz L, Guayerbas N, Siboni L, De la Fuente M. (2007). Effect of acupuncture treatment on the immune function impairment found in anxious women. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(1):35-51. PubMed PMID: 17265549.

I. Lund, T. Lundeberg, Mechanisms of acupuncture, Acupunct Relat Ther (2016),
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S.S. Ding, S.H. Hong, C. Wang, Y. Guo, Z.K. Wang, Y. Xu, Acupuncture modulates the neuro–endocrine–immune network, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, Volume 107, Issue 5, May 2014, Pages 341–345, https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hct196

Stener-Victorin E, Wu X. Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture in the reproductive system. Auton Neurosci. 2010 Oct 28;157(1-2):46-51.

Zhang R, Lao L, Ren K, Berman BM. Mechanisms of acupuncture-electroacupuncture on persistent pain. Anesthesiology. 2014 Feb;120(2):482-503.


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