Ancients 3,000 years ago implicitly understood how stimulating acupuncture points with very thin needles could affect both our central and peripheral nervous systems. The central nervous system is made up of our brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is the system of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.
For low back pain, for example, a needle is inserted into the area and a signal is sent through the nervous system to the brain, where natural painkillers are released. Some of these are 10 to 200 times stronger than morphine!
Chinese needling has now joined forces with neuroscience, creating neuro-acupuncture, also known as scalp acupuncture, because specific areas of the scalp are needled to stimulate the underlying brain cells.
By stimulating areas on the scalp that are associated with motor, sensory or other functional impairment, brain cells are induced to make new connections. Surrounding neurons are also recruited to rewire circuitry and restore lost abilities. Making new connections is important for persons recovering from a stroke or who suffer from tremors or neuropathy.