Acupuncture increases blood flow and stimulates the healing process
Blood is the carrier of oxygen, nutrients, hormones, painkilling substances, immune cells, and anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body. Acupuncture increases blood circulation and promotes the exchange of waste products and nutrients into and out of cells and local tissue. Placing needles in a specific area of the body creates a “micro-trauma,” causing the release of histamine a – vasodilator – resulting in increased blood flow. Through this mechanism, acupuncture works as a catalyst to expedite the healing process. Our bodies are in a constant state of rebuilding and repairing; acupuncture simply makes this process more efficient. For example, inserting needles near an area of injury, especially areas that have poor circulation such as ligaments and tendons, will increase blood flow and thereby decrease healing time. Acupuncture can also reduce local joint swelling and edema.