Abdominal Acupuncture – The Abdomen Is Our Second Brain

The abdomen is gaining recognition in the field of science for its impact on various areas of health, including immune function, digestion, mood, sleep, and even neurological diseases. This is because the abdomen, often referred to as the "second brain," contains a large number of neurons and is responsible for producing neurotransmitters and hormones like serotonin. In fact, 95% of serotonin is found in the gut and it has a special connection with the brain. This connection is thought to be involved in the treatment of emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Abnormal serotonin metabolism in the gut has been linked to conditions like depression, OCD, and irritable bowel syndrome. The spleen plays a role in regulating serotonin levels in the body by controlling the function of blood platelets. Acupuncture treatments that target the spleen, such as "Heaven and Earth" or "Regulating Spleen Qi," have been shown to be effective in addressing imbalances in serotonin metabolism.

The enteric nervous system, or the "abdominal brain," is connected to, but can also act independently from, the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS regulates involuntary activities in the body, including those of the heart, lungs, uterus, kidneys, liver, stomach, spleen, eyes, and sexual organs. The ANS is made up of the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric nervous systems, which work together to maintain a balance between various organs in the body.

The enteric nervous system specifically controls digestion and communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. This communication is bidirectional and can be influenced by hormones like serotonin and insulin.

Overall, the abdomen has far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health, which helps to explain the diverse therapeutic benefits and the potential power of abdominal acupuncture.

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