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Although acupuncture has been practiced for nearly 5,000 years, in the last decade research has revealed physiologic mechanisms for some of its effects.
For example, it is well documented that the stimulation of acupuncture points affects both central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of endorphins and enkephalins - chemicals that have pain-relieving properties similar to those of opiates. More recent research suggests that it may also trigger the release of certain neural hormones, including serotonin.
Many theories as to how acupuncture works have been entertained, but none by itself can explain the multiple analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and regenerative effects of acupuncture.
During an acupuncture treatment, tiny one- or two-inch needles are inserted at selected acupuncture points. Acupuncturists recognize nearly 400 of these special locations on each side of the body, and another 250 to 300 "extra-meridian" points outside the meridian lines.
The needles typically are twirled clockwise or counter-clockwise to evoke patient response and to intensify or change the needle tip's polarity. According to some experts, this is based on the concept that the needle is a metal conductor, with opposite polarities at the tip and handle.
Manual or electrical manipulation of the needle or the application of heat or cold to the handle will change the polarity and direction of the current. Needles properly placed at selected points allow the current to circulate between the needle tips.
Patients generally complain of little or no discomfort from the needles. A common introduction is a feeling of heaviness or numbness at the insertion sites.
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