How does acupuncture work? Mechanisms of acupuncture
can be simplified as neuroreflexes. Ancient Chinese saw it as their way to distribute
on the whole body surface connecting different parts of the body, interior and exterior,
the left and the right, the upper and the lower, the front and the back. Actually the
__M_00:33_ are physiological connections between those parts when some tenderness may show
on some spots of the body’s surface. Ancient Chinese call those spots acu-points, conversably
applying acupuncture or on those spots can activate a serum for healing mechanisms of
the body such as raising endorphins and cortisone levels, balance hormone, improving circulation
and the immune system. Almost all fractions of acupuncture are utilized through those
responses.

22 thoughts on “Acupuncture Techniques in Traditional Chinese Medicine : How Does Acupuncture Work?”

  1. if i was to let needles on my body.. man!! Asians know their shi-t.
    so far to my consciousness, i will trust none else but Asians…
    Western doctors will say, for your headache
    "we need to place this" MAN! KEEP THEM NEEDLES DA FAKCC OUTTA MY FACE NUKK!!!
    Asians rule!

  2. It's funny because if its placebo then why didn't their family MD help, or the specialist help that they were sent to, or the many "cures" they tried from the internet or anecdotal sources, because it is usually after all of this that acupuncturists finally get to treat the patient. It is my personal experience that the more failed attempts you have at something the lower your faith becomes, thus your chance of placebo working diminish also. Look up what "nocebo" effect is.

  3. So it's not medical science that is being taught at the world renowned UCLA and Stanford Schools of Medicine? They teach acupuncture there for MDs and currently have at least 5000 MDs practicing acupuncture in their conventional practice. So how are you more qualified than these two mainstream, upstanding, and outstanding medical schools to judge what is and what is not scientific?

  4. Thanks for the info on Europe,I know France and England have had it around a longer time than us and are developing their own styles,but it all is very close to Chinese in the big picture. I took a Critical Appraisal of the Literature Class and looked on the cochranereview website (my grad school has full access) and reviewed the reviews so to speak for many acupuncture studies here in the US. Very astounding at how many are published favorably in the Annals of Internal Medicine here in the USA

  5. Is that why the UCLA and Stanford Medical Schools teach acupuncture to Doctors because Western medicine isn't available or affordable here in the US? If it was only Placebo the FDA would shut down those and every other school that teaches acupuncture.
    Acupuncture is better than Placebo,thats one reason the FDA approved acu needles as a medical device back in 1996. If it was BS the lawyers and lobbyists from the insurance companies would surely overturn the mandates in some states that cover it.

  6. Is that why the UCLA and Stanford Medical Schools teach acupuncture to Doctors? If it was only Placebo the FDA would shut down those and every other school that teaches acupuncture and ban licensure.
    Acupuncture is better than Placebo,thats one reason the FDA approved acu needles as a medical device back in 1996. If it was BS the lawyers and lobbyists from the insurance companies would surely overturn the mandates in some states that cover it.

  7. I live in Taiwan. I have R.A. and my accupuncturist is giving up on me. He's sending me to a clinic where I get to be stung by a bee 3 times a week. Very effective he says.

  8. I didn't believe this would work until I went in and did it for my migraines. I was absolutely amazed. I have no clue how it works, but I don't care. Give it a try if you are suffering from something.

  9. Tastentier – I have links to double blind placebo controlled studies but they are in the cochrane database. but since you are a healthcare expert you already know that Cochrane (the formost database on western medical trails) is FLOODED with such trials proving the eficacy of acupuncture.

    This is why Mayo Clinic and all major urban hospitals use it, and why UCLA and Stanford Schools of Medicine teach it to MDs.

    How are you more qualified than the NIH and the WHO, Mayo, UCLA and Stanford?

  10. Tastentier siad "pain is a field where mere suggestion is enough"

    Oh really? So why didn't the MDs "mere suggestion" work, because most people that see acupuncturists go to MDs first. Many Acupuncturists see pain patients after they had surgeries, have been on multiple meds, had MRIs, been to neurologists and pain centers…all to no avail. they are "placebo-ed" OUT by the time they drag themselves to an acupuncturist.. MD credentials on the wall have measureable placebo effect too.

  11. tasteentier – Acupuncturists think that "proper" medicine is the devil? Oh Really? Why is 1/3 of their Masters Degree in Western Medicine?

    Mayo Clinic, our National Instututes of Health, the World Health Organization all endorse or USE acupuncture while the Stanford and UCLA Schools of Medicine teach it to MDs. Ultra-Scientific Germany now provides Acu as part of their National Healthcare.

    It is NOT Placebo, it would be illegal for MDs to us it in place of other therapies if it were.

  12. Tastentier – So we get it. You have a personal crusade to bash Acupuncture. The rest of us will take the advice of the National Institute of Health, The World Health organization, Mayo Clinic, The UCLA and SDtanford Schools of Medicine. The former ENDORSE Acupuncture (because it has been proven though many, many Double blind placebo controlled trials) and the latter teach it to MD's because it WORKS.

    The leaders in Medicine are for it, you are against it. Let it go bro…

  13. Tastentier – well chief, if you lived in the United States you would have a vague idea what is going on in Healthcare. Mayo Clinic didn't run some "trial" that failed, they have an Acupuncture Department now. They are ultra-conservative and lead the world in cutting edge medicine, so I will take their expert opinion over the rantings of an obviously biased ranting opinion such as yourself.

  14. Tastentier – Do you know that 1/3 of the Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine are courses taught by Licensed Physicians? Or that the Masters requirements are dictated by the US Dept of Education not "made up among themselves" as you said? Western Medicine is highly regarded in the TCM schools and if a person wants to get a Doctorate, the last two years are moslty Western Medicine. It is YOU sir that has flaky, unscientific preconceptions. You have nothing to stand on so you make stuff up.

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