Christchurch
Osteopathy
Acupuncture

Michael Inman BSc(hons)

Phone: 03 980 2425 - 021 043 6282

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Acupuncture

Scientific Basis of Acupuncture

The scientific basis of acupuncture in the treatment of injuries and to promote soft-tissue healing may involve platelets secreting growth factors (e.g. cytokines) and metabolites promoting a healing cascade, and stimulation of collagen regeneration.

Modern research shows the efficacy of acupuncture in relieving pain, particularly muscle and joint pain. This analgesic effect of acupuncture is partly explained by the gate control theory of pain (Melzac and Wall). Changes in neurotransmitter function, endorphins, and serotonin are also thought to be involved.

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For more on research into Acupuncture and controlled clinical trials — and a list of conditions and disorders that can be treated with Acupuncture — please see our page on Diseases and Disorders that can be treated with Acupuncture.