From a scientific perspective, acupuncture is believed to work through several potential mechanisms.
Stimulation of nerves: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This stimulation may activate sensory nerves, which can release endorphins (natural pain-relieving chemicals) and other neurotransmitters that can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being.
Modulating pain perception: Acupuncture may influence the way the brain perceives pain. It can stimulate the release of opioids and other substances that can block pain signals and reduce sensitivity to painful stimuli.
Modulating the autonomic nervous system: Acupuncture has been found to affect the autonomic nervous system, which controls various involuntary bodily functions. It can help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and other bodily processes.
Promoting blood circulation: Acupuncture may improve blood flow to various parts of the body, which can aid in healing and tissue repair.
Many studies suggest positive effects of acupuncture, more research within the western frame is needed to fully understand its mechanisms. Individual responses to acupuncture can vary, and its effectiveness may depend on the specific condition being treated. Over 4000 years of history, it’s worth a try.