Acupuncture Longevity Clinic
Pamela Miller, L.Ac.
Acupuncture • Chinese Herbal Formulas • Homeopathic Medicine
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The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health emphasize the general safety and effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions, including neurological and musculoskeletal pain conditions. Here are some of the documented effects of acupuncture for pain relief and the healing process.
Relieves pain: Acupuncture therapy relieves pain. It reduces muscle spasm, alleviate nerve pain, reduce or eliminate the need for analgesics, and decrease post-procedure or post-surgical pain and complications.
Promotes healing: A number of studies have demonstrated an improvement in wound healing with acupuncture and electro-acupuncture stimulation. This includes post-surgical wounds, ulcers, burns, sprains and strains, fractures, etc. This is thought to be due to improving the blood supply to the affected tissue, improving trophic effects, enhancing neuroendocrine function and thereby accelerating the repair process.
Neuroendocrine regulation: Along with the discovery of the opioid receptor and the presence of endogenous opioids, it has been shown that acupuncture enhances this system of internal pain relief. In addition, a related effect called descending inhibition of pain has been demonstrated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture has also been shown to optimize the hypothalamic-pituitary axis to the extent of inducing ovulation in anovulatory women. Inflammatory conditions, mediated in part by interleukins, respond to acupuncture.
Overall, acupuncture has been and continues to be an important adjunctive treatment for pain, can promote a general healing response, and may be responsible for specific regulation of the neuroendocrine systems.
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