Modern Explanation of Acupuncture:

Modern Acupuncture

From the modern perspective, the responses that resolve injuries and diseases are coordinated by several signaling systems, which involve peptides and other small biochemicals.  They are released at one site, then travel to other sites and interact with cells to stimulate a variety of biologically programmed responses.

Some disorders such as metabolic failures, changes in DNA structure or signaling, or breakdown of the immune system are understood to be caused by microorganisms.  In the old Chinese dogma, the main premise was that these illnesses were caused by blockages in circulation.

As revealed by modern studies, acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems, which can, under certain circumstances, increase the rate of the body’s natural healing response. This stimulation may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it might alleviate some symptoms.

The nervous system, which is the primary signaling system affected by acupuncture, transmits signals along the nerves that comprise it. Additionally, it emits various biochemicals that influence other cells of the body.

With over 30 peptides involved in transmitting signals, the nervous system is connected to the hormonal system via the adrenal gland, which then makes connections to every cell and system of the body.  According to a report of the Shanghai Medical University, cranial nerves, spinal nerves, and their terminals were dispersed in the area surrounding the acupuncture points for about 5 millimeters.  In addition to central neurobiological effects, it has been shown to reduce peripheral inflammation and to change connective tissue around the needle.

An article in the Nature Neuroscience Journal (2010) explains that adenosine, a natural compound well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, floods areas which have been punctured or otherwise aggravated.  At the site of needle insertions, both during and immediately following an acupuncture treatment, the level of adenosine in the tissue near the needles was 24 times greater than before the treatment. This is one way to explain the curative properties inherent in the insertion of a needle into human tissue.

Current Theories on the Mechanisms of Acupuncture:

Ear meridians for Acupuncture

1. Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture affects higher brain areas, stimulating the secretion of beta-endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal cord. The release of neurotransmitters influences the immune system and the antinociceptive system.

2. Autonomic Nervous System Theory: Acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several types of opioids, affecting changes in their turnover rate, normalizing the autonomic nervous system, and reducing pain.

3. Gate Control Theory: Acupuncture activates non-nociceptive receptors that inhibit the transmission of nociceptive signals in the dorsal horn, “gating out” painful stimuli.

4. Vascular-interstitial Theory: Acupuncture effects the electrical system of the body by creating or enhancing closed-circuit transport in tissues. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues.

5. Blood Chemistry Theory: Acupuncture affects the blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids, suggesting that acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating the body toward homeostasis.


During Your Treatment:

Distal Foot Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine which is gaining more and more popularity in this country. During a treatment very thin, solid, hairlike needles are inserted at specific points on the body.

The stimulation of these acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties.

We practice a unique style of acupuncture at our clinic where instant results are the norm.

Often times the pain will be gone on the table. This method is over 2,500 years old and is derived from the I Ching, one of the oldest books in the world. This method has several names such as: “I Ching Acupuncture,” “The Balance Method,” or” Distal Point Acupuncture.” Regardless of the name, the effects are nothing less than miraculous.

The acupuncture points used are on the scalp and ears, from the elbows to the fingers, and from the knees to the toes. Consequently, the patient never has to take off their clothes and the treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective.