Introduction to Acupuncture, Pain

7 Ways Acupuncture Changes Your Brain

A recent article in Bustle talks about 7 ways that acupuncture changes our brains, according to research studies.  So here is a summary:

  1. Acupuncture can cause your brain to release neuropeptides, to help relieve pain and stimulate the body’s self-healing response.
  2. Acupuncture can help the brain to produce more of the body’s natural pain relievers such as endorphins.  For this reason physicians often recommend acupuncture for the management of pain.
  3. Acupuncture supports the release of vasodilators which can help improve blood flow around the body and lower high blood pressure.
  4. Patients often describe feeling more relaxed after acupuncture, and this is helpful for stress and anxiety
  5. Acupuncture influences neurotransmitters such as serotonin and nor-adrenalin, which explains why many patients experience a lift of mood after acupuncture treatment.
  6. Acupuncture encourages our nervous system to shift from “fight and flight” (sympathetic) to “rest and digest” (parasympathetic).  This can lower the heart rate, reduce high blood pressure and reduce levels of body’s stress hormone cortisol.
  7. There is also a theory that acupuncture actually prevents pain from being felt, by preventing the transmission of pain messages.

It’s fascinating to read how modern research is helping us to understand how this ancient therapy has such far reaching effects on the body.  To read the article in full please click here .

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in the Ribble Valley, and her acupuncture clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Clitheroe, Garstang, Lancaster, Leyland, Chorley, East Lancashire and throughout Lancashire.