Simply put, the insertion of thin needles into acupoints in the body, which are neurovascular nodes that contain a high concentration of sensory fibers, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and mast cells, will promote blood flow that will bring everything the body that needs to heal such as oxygen, nutrients, immune substances, hormones, painkillers and anti inflammatories to the area of lesion, hence reducing inflammation at that area;
Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released, thus relieving pain.
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms, restoring homeostasis to bodily systems such as the immune, neurological, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
All illnesses will involve a certain degree of inflammation, pain and imbalance in the organ systems. Hence acupuncture can heal through these 3 pathways, and ultimately bring balance back to the entire human body, be it physically or psychologically.
Dr Lim Xiang Jun is registered Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine Physician whom first completed her BSc(hons) in Biomedical Sciences in Singapore before completing a BSc in Chinese Medicine, MSc and PHD in Acupuncture in Beijing. She is also qualified in Yoga and is a certified Ayurveda Practitioner.