"ACUPUNCTURE IN A NUTSHELL"
Scientists and doctors have come up with theories to help explain the benefits of acupuncture.
Neurotransmitter Theory – Acupuncture stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters that affect immune system function.
Autonomic Nervous System Theory – Acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several types of opioids, affecting changes in the autonomic nervous system, and reducing pain.
Gate Control Theory – Acupuncture activates specific receptors that inhibit the transmission of painful stimuli.
Vascular-Interstitial Theory – Acupuncture affects the electrical system of the body. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues.
Blood Chemistry Theory – Acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating the body toward homeostasis.