While it is unquestionable that Acupuncture can provide significant pain relief and help minimize other symptoms of many medical illnesses, from a Western medical mainstream standpoint, no one quite knows how and why this works. From the Western viewpoint, it may be that the Acupuncture affects the nervous system by stimulating release of endorphins, naturally produced chemicals in the body, which block pain signals in the brain and spinal cord. Research has shown that Acupuncture results in changes in the conduction of electromagnetic signals in the brain, and alteration of blood circulation within the brain, which increases the blood flow to the thalamus, the area associated with relaying pain and other sensory impulses. Acupuncture treatments also result in measurable differences in the brain’s output of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and of inflammation-causing substances such as prostaglandin.
Our Board-Certified Chinese Acupuncturist is one of the best in her field and we are proud to have her on our team at Longevity Institute and Medispa. There is much more to say about acupuncture and if you have any questions feel free to call our office at 212-580-0900.