Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been shown to be particularly effective methods
of treatment for chronic pain. A special analysis of acupuncture data from an earlier NHIS (National
Health Interview Survey) found that pain or musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 7 of the top 10
conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain,
neck pain, severe headache/migraine, and recurring pain.
From a conventional western medicine viewpoint, stimulation of specific acupuncture points located
near or on the surface of the skin stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves
that transmit impulses to the brain. The brain is then responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and
endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones to achieve the desired effect. The substances
released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain
which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation,
decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which
stimulates the immune system.
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