Needles stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.
Electroacupuncture uses a mild electric current passes between needles during treatment. It has been proved to be a safe treatment method. When you get electroacupuncture, it activates your sympathetic nerve fibers. By activating these fibers, your body releases endogenous opioids such as endorphins, which help to reduce inflammation. The activated nerve fibers may also help to reduce feelings of persistent pain. This makes it a good treatment for chronic pain and stress.
Cupping is a type of therapy that placing cups on the skin to suck local muscles. The suction can relieve muscle tension by enlarging capillary vessel, increasing new connective tissues and creating new blood vessels in the tissue to promote cell repair. The cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. After the cups are removed, any mild bruising or other marks usually go away within 10 days of the session.
Moxibustion involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on or near your body’s meridians and acupuncture points. The temperature, smoke, odor, and herbs are likely to be involved in the possible mechanisms by which moxibustion may work. And it stimulates local acupoints, promotes the role of local blood circulation.
Herbal medicines are those with active ingredients made from plant parts, such as leaves, roots or flowers. Generally speaking, herbal remedies are safe, because they are natural mild medicine,it will not have any serious reaction with other medicine or vitamins you take.
Acupuncture has been used to assist with IVF based on the current research:
Yes, some studies reveal that acupuncture can increase the serum testosterone level in blood, the improvement of sperm motility.( Gerhard, I., I. Jung, and F. Postneek 1992)
Insomnia refers to the abnormal sleep quantity and the abnormal behavior in sleep, including insomnia, somnolence, teeth grinding, sleepwalking, etc. The function of acupuncture in helping with insomnia has been testified from animal experiment level and clinical level:
Among different acupuncture, scalp acupuncture has an outstanding outcome of helping with insomnia. Scalp acupuncture can stimulate specific brin area’s cerebral cortex and regulate the autonomic nervous system.
It works through pathway of acupuncture analgesia- the endogenous opioid system. Opioid peptides can produce pleasure, and decrease anxiety and gastrointestinal discomfort, so opioid peptides are considered to have antidepressant effect.( Wang XJ, Wang LL,2010) Acupuncture also stimulates the expression of serotonin receptors, such as 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B, in the core brain regions. (Savitz et al., 2009). 5-HT1A receptor and 5HT1B receptor have important role in regulating depression.
Perimenopausal syndrome (PMS) is a female reproductive disorder, presenting a series of somatic and psychological symptoms, such as menstrual disorders, anxiety, change of blood pressure, hot flashes, depression and sweating, and insomnia. The mechanism of acupuncture in reliving the symptoms of PMS are listed below:
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