Western Science

The 1997 NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture states considerable evidence exists that acupuncture:

  • Releases endorphins, the bodies natural pain medicine
  • Activates the hypothalamus and pituitary gland resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects
  • Alters the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, affecting mood and regulatory functions
  • Changes the regulation of blood flow, both centrally and peripherally
  • Alters immune function

From a western science perspective, these wide ranging effects explain how TCM can treat such varied complaints.


All terminology and medical statements in this website are based on the Traditional Chinese Medical model.