March 4, 2016
Western medical acupuncture is a therapy that involves the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. There is a great deal of Western scientific research into pain, which has helped us understand how acupuncture might work.
Western medical acupuncture acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, both the peripheral and the central nervous system. In particular, we know that acupuncture causes the release of natural pain-killing and healing chemicals within our bodies.
It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myo-fascial trigger point pain. It has also been proven effective for postoperative pain and nausea.
Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain coming from the musculo-skeletal system, which are often chronic such as lower back pain.