Theories

Some popular theories of how acupuncture works are:

  • “Augmentation of Immunity”
    Acupuncture raises levels of specific hormones prostaglandins, white blood counts, gamma globulins, and overall anti-body levels.
  • The “Endorphin” Theory
    Acupuncture stimulates the secretions of endorphins in the body (specifically Enkaphalins).
  • The “Neurotransmitter” Theory
    Acupuncture affects certain neurotransmitter levels such as Serotonin and Noradrenalin
  • “Circulatory” Theory
    Acupuncture has the effect of constricting or dilating blood vessels. This may be caused by the body’s release of Vasodilators, such as Histamine, in response to Acupuncture.
  • “Gate Control” Theory
    According to this theory, Acupuncture closes certain nerve gates by strategically overloading them with impulses, thus reducing pain transmission.

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