Acupuncture and Medicinal Cannabinoids

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of filiform needles into the specific points on the skin, in order to stimulate the body’s own regulatory system.

Traditionally this procedure was explained as unblocking the “Qi” in the meridians and inducing its own smooth flow to relieve pain, Reduce stress and increase vital energy.

Recent scientific research reveals the similarity between acupuncture’s mode of action and medicinal cannabinoids in their abilities to regulate, optimize and heal the endocannabinoid system.

Endocannabinoid system is a neuromodulatory system that plays a key role in energy balance, pain modulation responses, learning, memory, reward, neurogenesis and neuromodulation mechanisms.  According to Dr. Vincenzo Di Manzo, the leading researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, “the endocannabinoid system so far is the only endogenous system of chemical signals that is involved in everything”.

Acupuncture is proved to reduce the plasma Corticosterone level, inducing analgesic effect, through the endocannabinoid receptor CB1 dependent cascade.  CB1 is found in brain in the areas related to pain sensation, sleep, mood, appetite and memory.

Furthermore, acupuncture is proved to affect another endocannabinoid receptor called CB2, providing anti inflammatory responses.  CB2 receptors are found in body’s immune system.

Therefore, an efficient and regulated endocannabinoid system seems to be essential in maintaining optimum physiological functions of the body.

Consequently, these findings can predict remarkable potentials for future therapeutical advancement that acupuncture-cannabis combined medicine can offer.

Author: drrominataheri

Dr. Romina Taheri is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been practicing in Vancouver since 2009 and has been teaching acupuncture and the foundation of TCM since 2012. Her passion has always been focused in addressing physical and emotional issues by integrating her knowledge and experiences in different fields of study. She has studied sciences and earned degrees in Biology and Psychology before starting her endeavour in the field of Holistic Medicine.

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