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Switches To Turn Off Pain

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your body had on-off switches for pain?  You could just turn off the switch and the pain would go away.  Well our body actually does have these pain switches according to researchers.  They are found among the traditional acupuncture points of Chinese medicine.  While Western medicine relies solely on surgery and pharmacology to deal with pain Chinese medicine long ago figured out the body’s innate pain switches.  Sara Adaes, PhD discusses these pain switches in an article on Brain Blogger (dot) Com.

…increasing evidence has been demonstrating that the analgesic effect of acupuncture may indeed be due to a physiological action.

The increasingly generalized use of acupuncture has stimulated research on the physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying acupuncture analgesia. In the last decades, there has been a rapid development of our knowledge of the neurological processes induced by acupuncture. Although a consensual theory is still lacking, many hypotheses have been proposed for the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia.

Acupuncture points seem to be special sites with denser sensory innervation and connective tissue, and a richer content of TRPV1 receptors, which are important players in pain mechanisms. The insertion of a needle into these points acts as a mechanical stimulus that activates the mechanoreceptors and sends afferent signals to the central nervous system, to areas involved in pain processing. Neurochemical processes of pain modulation are consequently activated, inducing acupuncture analgesia.

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