Although Western science has neither proven nor accepted the notion of qi, a large body of evidence accumulating indicating that acupuncture leads to real physiological changes in the body. Numerous studies have shown, for example, that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerves in the underlying muscles. This stimulation, researchers feel, sends impulses to the spinal cord to a relatively primitive brain called the limbic system and the mesencephalon and pituitary. In a signal that leads to the release of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals that block pain signals in the spinal cord and brain.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, qi flows through the main body 14 through the meridians or channels. To strengthen the flow of qi, or remove blockages in the meridians, an acupuncturist inserts a number of small, sterile, flexible needles just under the skin at specific points (called acupoints) along the canals. There are four to five cents per name acupoints along the meridians, some of which are associated with internal organs or bodies. If you suffer from nausea, for example, needles may be inserted into acupoints on your wrist, while a vision problem can be treated with needles in the foot. (Additional ear, scalp, and the points are also used by some practitioners.) Acupuncture practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the body's internal regulatory system and promotes a natural healing response.
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