Here are some links to current research for some common conditions treated at Boulder Canyon Acupuncture Clinic:
A MODERN MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE
Endorphins: Acupuncture and shiatsu stimulate the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called “endorphins”, which are also known as “anti-stress hormones”.
Gate Control Theory: Pain is transmitted from the periphery to the brain via the spinal cord. There is a mechanism (or “gate”) at work in the spinal cord, which stops pain messages from reaching the brain. The insertion of thin acupuncture needles or the holding pressure of shiatsu can close this gate, thus lessening the sensation of pain. Endorphins (above) can also block pain pathways by acting on these gates,
Autonomic Nervous System: The autonomic nervous system is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the body’s involuntary functions. Acupuncture and shiatsu “turn on” the conserving, healing function of the autonomic nervous system while overriding the fight-or-flight function which, when overactive, puts a great deal of wear and tear on our bodies and minds.
Trigger Point Theory: Western physicians, most notably Dr. Janet Travell, have discovered specific points of tension in the body that are effective at alleviating musculoskeletal pain.. The locations of these points remarkably correlate with the acupuncture points of Oriental medicine.