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How does acupuncture treat physical pain?
This question may be a simple and straight to the point question, but the answer is way beyond the antonym of simplicity. Acupuncture is a type of treatment, from thousands of years ago in ancient China. Of course that people back then had no idea about the exact human anatomy, so they treated the human body the same way as how they observed how the nature works. As a result, they came up with a school of philosophy on how the body is running itself. The modern science and medicine is completely based on the scientific method, which was not invented until the thirteenth century. Using the modern day language (which is completely based on science) to explain a medical system that has existed roughly two thousand more years does not make any sense at all. As a result, there actually are no exact explanation on how acupuncture treat physical pain. However, there are countless research (carried out with the scientific method) validated the treatment of acupuncture on pain and produced many hypotheses on how acupuncture exactly can treat pain. One of them being the way the needles puncture the skin causes the brain to release neurotransmitters called endorphin and serotonin, which both are chemicals that make you feel reward did. However, the more popularly believed hypothesis is that the needle in acupuncture actually punctures through sheets of dense connective tissue on top of muscles, called fascia, and through the process, chemicals are release to focus on the acu-points to relax and heal the muscles that have been excessively strained over a long period of time. As of right now, acupuncture works like magic, which cannot be explained in detail by science at all. With Dr. Zhang’s experience and numerous of cases she has treated over 32 years, there is no doubt about if there is a pain she cannot alleviate.
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