Western medicine perspective on acupuncture
Promotes blood flow: Everything the body requires to heal itself is in the blood, including oxygen, nutrients we absorb from food, immune substances, hormones, natural painkillers, and anti-inflammatories. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health.
Stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms: Acupuncture creates “micro traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune and endocrine system activation. As the body heals the “micro trauma” induced by the needle, it also heals the surrounding tissue damage.
Releases natural painkillers: Inserting a needle sends a signal to parts of the brain that are responsible for releasing natural painkilling hormones, such as, neurotransmitters and endorphins.
Relaxes injured muscles: This in turn releases pressure on joint structures, nerves, and promotes smooth blood flow.