Physiological Response of Acupunture

Physiological Response of Acupunture

by Andy Rosenfarb, MTOM, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H.When you insert an acupuncture needle into the human body, we stimulate nociceptive (brain stimulating) afferent fibers that cause and we become aware of the “pin prick” sensation. This causes a local micro-trauma that stimulates an immediate feedback response to that micro-trauma.

This stimulus activates the spinal efferent nerves- a processing system that carries impulses and have the following physiological effects:

  • Motor, causing muscle contractions
  • Sensory, causing glands to secrete
  • Inhibitory, casing some organs to rest

Through this process the mechanism of blood coagulation is activated. Blood coagulation is the single highest priority system of the body when there is physical trauma! The physiological response to the stimulus is the activation of the brain stem’s restorative processes, where the body undergoes strengthening and healing. The body’s first priority is to do everything in its power to immediately repair the area that was just broken through with a needle.