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Acupuncture Works for Pain

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Acupuncture and Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture is most notably acknowledged for it's ability to relieve pain and

yet, the first question people usually ask about acupuncture is whether or not

it hurts.

To answer that question, acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair, They are

not inserted invasively into any veins or nerves. They are inserted into the

soft tissue, which means, they are not intended to cause pain. People often

describe the insertion of an acupuncture needle as similar to the feeling of a

mosquito bite, and then the sensation goes away.  Often the needles don't

elicit any response at all.

Acupuncture on the Back

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

4 of the reasons the NIH acknowledges the use of acupuncture for are: low

back pain, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and lung cancer. Many skeptics can

ask why it works. The evidence is in the treatment. Acupuncturists often

have the experience of patients coming into their clinic limping, or in pain

and leaving either pain free or at least acknowledging the relief of their


The way that acupuncture works for pain relief is it triggers adenosine,

which is a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive attributes. Anociceptor is a

sensory receptor that responds to stimulation by conducting nerve signals to

the brain and spinal cord. It’s a natural pain relieving molecule in the body.


  • promotes sleep b/c is an inhibitory neurotransmitter
  • dilates coronary arteries
  • relaxes smooth muscles
  • is an anti- arrhythmic agent

When anociceptor is present it is seen that it lowers miscarriage rates and

ectopic pregnancy rates.

It raises the rate of live births and there is a 180% improvement for IVF.

Acupuncture works especially well with muscular and chronic pain as it

increases circulation by dilating arteries and relaxing smooth muscles.

Patients often fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment and are surprised at

the deep level of relaxation they experience.

by:MaryAnne Bachia

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