Paul Enright, Dipl. Acup.
How Acup. Works
Health is maintained by balancing the body energies. When there is an imbalance we experience various symptoms that translate to what we call a "pattern" in Chinese Medicine. Once this pattern is identified then there are acupuncture points, herbal formulas and dietary recommendations to bring harmony back to the body. Some patterns are easier to treat than others and unfortunately many individuals have multiple "patterns" that complicates things considerably.
From a physiological perspective we are still trying to figure out how acupuncture works. We have been able to determine certain biological changes resulting from acupuncture. These changes include increase in blood flow, changes in neuropathways, adjustments in biochemistry and hormone levels such as endorphins, enkephalins, cortico-steroids, seratonin, and dopamine. Most of the commonly used points in acupuncture are along nerve pathways and the prevailing thought is by stimulating these nerves we stimulate the brain and this leads to the changes just cited.