Acupuncture is one of the oldest medicinal practices of the world and represents, in turn, one of the great mysteries. Because although until today a (western) scientific explanation of how it works has not been found, the truth is that, whether you believe it or not, it really works.
As we said before, acupuncture is an ancient medical practice from China, and today is part of the healing techniques repertoire in many western alternative medicine clinics. It is based on the principle of energy channels, called meridians, which flow -in case of sickness- has been broken. And what acupuncturists try is to basically re-establish the harmonious flow of energy between these meridians. By inserting needles at certain points, the acupuncturist can induce the body to send healing energy to those places that are in disharmony. In short, the needles stimulate the energy flow and relieve obstructions in it.
From a western point of view, these meridians correspond to the nervous system which, through pressure or inserting needles, could release neurotransmitters and hormones that relieve pain and help regulate body functions. A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience points to the same theory. And apparently the insertion of needles emits a chemical substance called adenosine, a natural analgesic to reduce physical pain.
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