The terms “medical”, “modern” or “scientific” all convey the same idea that the approach of acupuncture is based on the current understanding of the structure and function of the body.
The essential features of Western medical acupuncture are:
conventional methods of medical history and examination are used, to establish a conventional diagnosis
the focus areas of the body are identified for acupuncture to address
the appropriate treatment is given that is tailored to the individual
the treatment is repeated according to the patient’s response
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve fibers in the skin and muscle. These sensory nerves form a network in the layers of the skin. Needling one of these nerves creates an effect that is known as an “axon reflex”. Various substances are released as a result, causing blood vessels to dilate, so that local blood flow increases. The blood flow increases in the deeper tissues, which encourages tissue healing, as in minor injuries, and also improves the function of local glands.
Acupuncture improves blood flow and promotes local healing.
Acupuncture has a calming effect and improves wellbeing.
Acupuncture reduces pain in the segment where the needles are inserted.
Acupuncture inactivates myofascial trigger points.
Acupuncture stimulates small myelinated fibers in the skin and muscle.