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Acupuncture and modern science

Acupuncture and modern science
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          Modern scientists have not identified the meridians in the body as described by the ancient Chinese theory. The meridians does not correspond to any blood, nerve or lymphatic pathways. Many researchers do not believe in the existence of meridians, while some others hold the view that meridians are located throughout the body's connective tissue system. This difference in opinion has lead to some level of scientific controversy. Stimulation of the acupuncture points cause stimulation of the brain and spinal cord, which in turn releases some chemical into the centers that control the pain sensation. The release of various chemicals make some changes in the perception of pain or release some other chemical which may finally achieve this effect by influencing the body's self-regulating systems.The following summarizes the modern views about acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture points may be strategically located in the electromagnetic pathways of the body. By stimulation of these points body pathways may create higher levels of endogenous body chemicals directed to the injured areas to combat pain.
  • Several types of endogenous opiods are released into the central nervous system during the process of acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.
  • Acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of chemicals that transmits the normal signals Acupuncture also has been shown to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to pain sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature may be changed by acupuncture.
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