How Does Acupuncture Work?

Medical Acupuncture

There is well established evidence that acupuncture increases the body’s release of natural painkillers
Medical Acupuncture needling has local effects through local axon reflexes, releasing neuropeptides (important in pain transmission) and increasing local nutritive blood flow. There is well established evidence that acupuncture increases the body’s release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain.
This modifies the way pain signals are received. The clinical effects on musculoskeletal pain are best explained by inhibition of the pain pathway in the spinal cord and by activation of the descending inhibitory pain pathways from the brain. There are clearly other actions of acupuncture on the central nervous system that remain to be fully explored.

Imaging studies with functional MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) scans have shown that acupuncture stimulation can reach important areas deep within the brain and have provided good evidence of effects on various brain centres involved in pain control.
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Appointments

The acupuncture clinics at High Wycombe & Aylesbury are carried out by Dr. Hans Mathew, who is a Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare Hospitals, working at High Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

High Wycombe Clinic
Wednesdays 2pm till 6.30pm

The High Wycombe clinic is located at

Highfield Surgery, Highfield Way, Hazelemere, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP15 7UW
Aylesbury Clinic
Thursdays 6pm till 9pm

The Aylesbury clinic is located at

The Belmore Centre, Lower Road Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury Bucks, HP21 9DR
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