How Acupuncture Works If there is and obstruction in the flow of blood and Oxygen to a certain part of the body, disease and malfunction will ensue. Any damage due to trauma or an internal disorder will not recover if there is a reduction in blood flow to the area.
Vascular functioning decreases as we age and as a result the body loses its ability to heal itself because all the healing agents of the body are found in the blood (blood is not circulating sufficiently to the affected area). Acupuncture increases your vascular functioning, increasing blood and oxygen flow to promote natural healing.
The Science of it all Acupuncture is not an energy medicine (the word energy came from an incorrect translation of the word Qi many years ago). The word Qi translates as Oxygen.
To feel pain, 2 nerves are involved :
Sensory pain nerves (nociceptors) - Tells the brain there is pain there are 2 types - A Delta fibers (sharp, burning pains) - C Fibers (dull, throbbing pains)
Proprioceptive Nerve Fibres - Tells the brain the location of pain.
These nerves send signals up the spine to the Midbrain.
The Brain then releases Endorphins / Enkephalins that bind to the pain receptors along the spine and capillary beds to the location of pain and helps reduce it. Now with Chronic Pain the Proprioceptive neural threshold is too low and the signal to the Midbrain is weak, therefore the body cannot locate the exact location of pain and the brain does not release the endorphins.
Acupuncture creates a stimulus that re-boots the proprioceptive nerve pathway, Increases the neural signal threshold and stimulates the brain to release the desired endorphins / enkephalins. The body will eventually then remember and re-establish the normal threshold signal to the brain and healing with continue on its own.
This information is courtesy of Robert Doane at www.doane.us