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HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

In terms of TCM, effects of acupuncture are realized through dredging the blocked meridians or regulating the flow of Qi.

     Modern scientific researches have verified that the effects of acupuncture are mainly realized through neural reflexes. If any of the reflex arc loops (e.g. the afferent nerve) was blocked or destroyed, acupuncture would no longer work. Taking an example of acupuncture anesthesia, needling signals may directly block the pains from surgical operation in the central nervous system. In addition, many effects of acupuncture, such as analgesia, are also related to the release or regulation of hormone or certain endogenous chemicals, such as endorphins, cortisone, neurotransmitters, etc. Through neural reflexes and accompanying releases of the chemicals carried in the body fluid (e.g. blood), acupuncture may generate either instant or persistent  effects on local or remote regions as well as on the whole body.