When done correctly, acupuncture can relieve pain instantly. It doesn’t matter the source of pain. it can be stomach ache, pms, migraine headaches or muscular/skeletal pain, such as low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, etc. The ancient mathmatical based techniques were designed, and refined over 3000 years. The process stimulates areas in the brain to release pain cancelling chemicals. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine. At the same time, the acupuncture manipulates the nervous system into releasing anti-inflammatory’s which increase blood flow and oxygen saturation into the surrounding area. The result is a sophisticated but eloquent method of reducing pain, increasing range of motion, reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
Very few people actually practice true classical acupuncture. Most have gone down the path of ‘fast food Westernized’ acupuncture. The Communist Chinese governement created it’s own version of acupuncture, and erased the history of real acupuncture. The deemed it too ‘esoteric’. They burned books, killed classically trained acupuncturists and re-invented the science as late as the 1960’s. But a few escaped to Taiwan, which is free from the clutches of Communist China.
Dr. McCulloch at The Qi Spot has traveled the world and written his doctoral thesis on the origins of acupuncture and it’s mechanism on pain.