Have you ever wondered exactly how acupuncture can help with allergies, chronic infections, weight loss, mood disorders and other ailments and injuries? There are a few theories put forward that explain how acupuncture affects the body.  Registered Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner, Winnie Fok, breaks down the different theories:

The “Augmentation” Theory
Acupuncture raises levels of triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins, and overall anti-body levels. This theory is often used to explain why acupuncture can treat disorders relating to immune deficiencies such as sinusitis, allergies, and chronic infections.

The “Endorphin” Theory
This theory states that acupuncture stimulates the secretions of endorphins in the body.  Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers and are stronger than morphine. This theory is often used to explain why acupuncture can relieve pain.

The “Neurotransmitter” Theory
Acupuncture affects certain neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin and noradrenalin. Low levels of serotonin are linked to sugar cravings, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and addictions. This theory is often used to explain why acupuncture is effective for weight loss, mood disorders and addictions.

The “Circulatory” Theory
This theory explains how acupuncture constricts and dilates blood vessels, therefore affecting blood circulation. It specifically illustrates why acupuncture can promote healing of injuries and resolve edemas.

The “Gate Control” Theory
According to the Gate Control theory, pain signals must pass through a number of “gates” as they move from the area of injury to the spinal cord and into the brain. Acupuncture generates competing stimulus and effectively interrupts the neurotransmission of the pain signals from reaching the brain.  This theory is often used in explaining anesthesia by acupuncture.

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