09 Nov How Acupuncture Really Works
How Acupuncture Really Works
Misinformation about acupuncture
There’s a lot of misinformation around about how acupuncture really works. Much of this comes down to poor translations of ancient Chinese texts into English almost 100 years ago.
Acupuncture is not magic or ‘voodoo’
Despite popular views acupuncture does not work by manipulating invisible energy along invisible meridians. Acupuncture is not a ‘voodoo’ energy medicine. It is a physical medicine operating on a physiological basis that is now easily explained in Western terms.
Acupuncture can do great things
In fact, it is the propagation of this mystical ‘energy’ theory that has made it difficult for the Western medical world to accept acupuncture despite the incredible things it can do.
Acupuncture improves blood flow and reprograms your central nervous system
Acupuncture works by stimulating blood flow in specific areas of the body and by reprogramming your central nervous system.
Good blood flow = good health
Everything the body needs to repair itself and operate properly is in your blood. Any restriction in blood flow will create problems.
Blood is your body’s fuel. Just think of blood as the fuel everything in your body needs to work properly. If you starve any complex machine of fuel it will start to malfunction. Your body is no different.
Poor blood flow = bad health
Just imagine if the blood flow to your right arm was restricted. Your arm would grow weaker and smaller and start to malfunction. It’s the same with every muscle, organ and indeed every cell in your body.
Your body’s natural repair mechanism
When we injure ourselves our nerve receptors send the ‘ouch’ signal to our mid-brain, which then sends the pain killers (natural opioids like endorphins) and the repair crew (including white blood cells, macrophages, collagen) to stop the pain and repair the problem.
Chronic pain occurs when the body’s natural repair mechanism has broken down
Chronic pain (pain for more than 2 months) occurs when your brain has stopped doing its job and is no longer sending the pain killers and repair crew to the area. You can’t seem to get rid of the pain no matter how much massage or physio you get or how many pain killers or anti-inflammatories you take. This is because it’s no longer a muscle problem, it’s now a neurological problem.
- Acupuncture reprograms your central nervous system.
- Acupuncture reprograms your central nervous system and kick starts you body’s natural process of reducing pain and repairing the problem immediately.
So in a nutshell acupuncture works by reprogramming your central nervous system and by increasing blood flow to the problem areas of your body.
The only thing that can fix your body is itself
Your body is a marvelous machine very capable of maintaining and fixing itself. Acupuncture melbourne quickly boosts your body’s natural healing abilities so your body can repair itself to a state of good health.
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