Oriental medicine does not reduce patients to separate compartments of illness or function but rather sees an integrated, whole being that is a synthesis of mind, body, and spirit inseparably. Patients having acupuncture routinely sense, to varying degrees, a soothed yet elated experience even once the needles have been removed. We feel good, meanwhile, acupuncture as effective medicine integrates and strengthens our organs and their functions, nerves, hormones, structures, and fields of energy in a self-correcting mode of homeostasis.
The needling of acupuncture points along channels and trajectories has been shown to elicit the release of endorphins and enkephalins, among other health-engendering effects. Neurotransmitters dull pain, relax musculature, and induce a state of calm. From convincing evidence particularly in fields of medicine concerned with acupuncture for chemical detox and for pain management, acupuncture can, in these circles, be valued predominantly for its enhancement of natural opioids Synthetic opiate derivatives such as opium, morphine, and heroin have side-effects from the ability of those substances to bind to neuro-hormone receptors. Acupuncture is free from side-effects.
Endorphins and enkephalins are produced in the pituitary and hypothalamus. Acupuncture is a safe, chemical-free approach to providing an alternative to synthetic opioids. Electro-acupuncture modifies nerve cell response which further enhances endorphin activation and is especially fitting in treatment of inflammation and pain. Endorphin response is an inherent byproduct in the treatment by acupuncture for any condition.
* I am entirely opposed to subjecting animals to lives of laboratory experimentation.