Pain is one of the most common reasons that patients seek out acupuncture treatment. Whether it’s from lack of movement, over movement, injury, illness or accident, acupuncture can help to relieve pain in the body.
With the insertion of very fine and sterile needles, endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing feel good chemicals are released. In addition, acupuncture can cause other multiple biological responses in the body. Responses can happen locally or distally, leading to activation of pathways among neurons and structures within the central nervous system, affecting physiological systems in the body. There is evidence to support that opioid peptides release during acupuncture, which provide analgesic effects. Acupuncture can also stimulate the glands, providing many systemic effects. The regulation of blood flow stimulated by the needles can help with pain symptoms. Also, immune system functions can be stimulated by acupuncture.