Acupuncture Can Help Reduce Inflammation
Suffering from inflammation can be painful and debilitating. Medications prescribed are often harmful to the gut and may be ineffective. Try acupuncture as a non-drug approach to the treatment of these usually chronic ailment/diseases.
Inflammation is a perfectly natural response of the body to injuries, but when it persists damage can occur. Chronic inflammation is involved in a wide range of diseases and conditions such as: cancer, chronic pain, major depression, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, asthma and auto-immune diseases (of which there are many).
Recent carefully controlled scientific research has shed light on how acupuncture actually reduces inflammation. This 2,000 year old Chinese treatment modality was found to reduce a specific chemical in the body that results in systemic anti-inflammatory responses. This occurs with needle stimulation of one particular acupuncture point (ST36 or stomach 36) that is part of the vagus nerve pathway. This nerve is the longest cranial nerve. Originating in the brain, it reaches as far as the pelvis. Branches innervate the heart, the gut and more. It is also a bridge between the nervous and immune systems. The vagus nerve helps to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and even speaking. It is perhaps the most important nerve in the body.
The objective of acupuncture is to release the blockages and allow blood and Qi to flow naturally as the body heals itself, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is related to many conditions and diseases, therefore relieving it is highly beneficial. Splenic factors effect inflammation that is consistent with TCM theory. Regulation of the spleen resolves “dampness” that manifests as inflammation along with other symptoms.
An additional mechanism by which acupuncture may reduce pain-causing inflammation is by stimulating the pituitary gland to release cortisol, a known anti-inflammatory.
From a TCM perspective, inflammation and pain occur when blood and Qi (life energy) are “stagnant” or obstructed. The objective of acupuncture is to release the blockages and allow blood and Qi to flow naturally as the body heals itself, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.