Acupuncture - a medical treatment or ideology?

This treatment system originates from traditional Chinese medicine, having a philosophical background. Nonetheless, such non-pharmacological treatment option is widely used nowadays for a variety of diseases and symptoms. Acupuncture means “needle penetration", where small needles are placed into specific points to stimulate the central nervous system and increase local blood flow. This tissue micro-injury causes the release of neuropeptides resulting in vasodilation locally. Multiple studies have shown the benefit in such conditions as back pain, headaches, knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis, myofascial pain, and hot flashes. However, it is important to note, there is a significant placebo effect. Despite numerous research articles, the mechanism of physiological action is yet to be determined. There is power in belief.

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