Gaseous neurotransmitters such as carbon monoxide, nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide are a vital part of human physiology. They pass through membranes, communicate with other nerves and act directly on cells. Nitric oxide in particular tells them to start producing energy and turn fat into heat. In research by Jia-Xu Chen and Sheng-Xing Ma(3), nitric oxide levels were found to be 2-3 times higher on acupuncture points than at other places on the skin’s surface. Knowing the specific location of these points, which points are most relevant per condition and per individual and how to release those points is where an acupuncturist can help influence your body’s natural healing function.
By controlling the flow of a gasotransmitter called nitric oxide, acupuncturists can influence the body’s rate of metabolism and inflammation. Acupuncturists use needling techniques to control the flow of energy production by releasing or containing gas at strategic exits. This is similar to your car exiting the highway at the appropriate off ramp in order to most efficiently arrive at your destination.
If you have a traffic jam, you have a lot of power available in those cars. Each car can go faster than 100 miles per hour and pull a great deal of weight. Unfortunately, within the context of a traffic jam, each idle car creates a road block rather than a solution for transportation since the cars can’t travel at their optimum speed. The problem isn’t a lack of energy, it’s a problem of movement.
The key to unlocking all that power is to reduce the number of cars on the road. This optimizes the number of cars that can work efficiently for transportation. In the same way, your body requires an even flow gasotransmitters in order to do its best work. Inserting a needle creates an “off ramp” for the extra gasotransmitter build up to escape and improve the ergonomics of its flow throughout the body.