Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in specific body spots to treat various bodily systems. There are 360 major points in the skin that lie along the 12 major channels, or meridians in the body.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional chinese medicine that is one of the oldest methods of treatments of diseases dating back 4,000 years. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 8.2 million Americans have used acupuncture so far.
Most conditions that respond to acupuncture rely on the physiological reactions that occur, which include: endorphin release; cortico-steroid release; cutaneous-visceral reflex; trigger point deactivation; pain-gate activation; improved micro-circulation; improved immune response.
Researchers have shown that acupuncture boosts levels of serotonin, which is often deficient in people wth depression. Acupuncture was also shown to lower levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, which are often elevated in sufferers of stress and pain.
A growing body of evidence with brain scans, ultrasounds, and other techniques, have shown that acupuncture triggers direct, measurable effects on the body.
More than 40 clinical trials have shown that acupunture reduces nausea following chemotherapy or surgery.
A randomized, controlled study of 570 people with knee osteoarthritis, showed that real acupuncture, as opposed to a fake form used as a control, reduced pain and increased function by 30%.
There is evidence that the meridians lie along the sheets of connective tissue that surround organs.
Meditation is a holistic approach to strengthening the immune system, and scientific data now proves the positive effects of meditation on the body and mind.
Meditation increases antibodies and enhances brain-function, which both strengthen the immune system. It increases electrical activity in the left side of your brain, which is the part that controls positive emotion and anxiety. It is also the command center for your immune system. Increased activity in this area of the brain helps the immune system act faster and produce more defense cells.