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Positive effects of acupuncture
A leading theory about acupuncture is that by inserting small needles into an area there is a release of the body's own painkillers, known as endorphins, that activate peripheral nerves to block pain signals traveling through the spinal cord. The idea of interrupting pain signals is also the basis for another alternative therapy—transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or a TENS unit, which has many positive effects. Additionally, endorphins are the body's natural pain-killing chemicals. By affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood, acupuncture can promote healing and relieve pain.
Acupuncture needles produce a twinge at the insertion site. Although it is slight enough to cause little to no discomfort, it is a strong enough signal to spark the endorphins into action and let the body know it needs to respond. This response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, wound healing, and pain modulation. Contemporary research on acupuncture relies mainly on this theory.
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