Second Pillar of Chinese medicine is Acupuncture. Acupuncturists complete their evaluations by gathering your chief complaint, asking up to 10 questions, observing your tongue, and feeling pulses at the wrist. Then, after evaluation and determining your pattern of imbalance, they place very fine filiform needles into specific points on the body. Stimulating these points is helps treat the patient’s condition. Many of the body’s systems respond to acupuncture, and it can treat physical pain as well as emotional stress.
Western medicine theories on how acupuncture may work:
Blood Chemistry theory: Acupuncture may help the body acheive homeostasis by either raising or diminishing peripheral blood components.
Autonomic Nervous system theory: pain reduction through the release of norepahenphrine , acetylcholine, and several types of natural opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system.
Gate Control theory: may inhibit painful stimuli by activating specific receptors.
Vascular-Interstial Theory: may affect healing by stimulating the nervous system of the body between normal and damaged tissue.
Neurotransmitter theory: stimulation releases neurotransmitters that may affect the immune system.