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Acupuncture and Covid-19

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Systemic chronic inflammation is a problem. It is the body’s healthy and normal immune response stuck in the “on” position. When this happens your body wages war on your own cells. 

Acupuncture helps reduce inflammation by inhibiting the generation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. A study reported in Nature magazine showed that stimulation of acupuncture point ST 36 activated two nerve tracts that led to production of a biochemical that quieted a sepsis like inflammatory reaction.[1] The signal from the point was transmitted to the brain, where it was processed and sent down to the vagus nerve, reaching the adrenal glands, where the anti-inflammatory neurotransmitter, dopamine is produced. Researchers discovered that 360 of the 361 acupuncture points are located in the proximity of a major nerve, leading them to question if acupoints provide an advantage in stimulating neuronal networks.

An acupuncture treatment can help reduce inflammation and strengthen your bodies innate defenses. Research has also shown that acupuncture blocks chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and a peptide involved in the "fight or flight" response.

Acupuncture can be used as a stand alone therapy and can be a powerful combination with meditation and diet modification.

 

[1] Can Acupuncture Curb Killer Immune Reactions, scientificamerican.com, May 1, 2014