Acupuncture is most widely known for its ability to control pain.
ln the early 1970's Western media displayed remarkable documentaries of surgeries being performed utilizing acupuncture as the only form of anestesia.
A number of theories have been developed to explain this phenomenon.
The gate theory is one whereby acupuncture blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. This blockage takes place at the lower nerve bundles in the central nervous system.
Another popular theory of pain control is that acupuncture can stimulate the production of endorphins in the pituitary. Endorphins are the body's natural and highly potent "morphine” which greatly heighten the individual's pain threshold.
So acupuncture is aften used to treat disorders with chronic or acute pain.