What works for me is JUST getting needles to sedate and support my nervous system – nothing else. I do think that because of the autoimmune aspect of this condition, that treating organs and body parts actually can make for some unpleasant RSD headache. I feel it makes sense that, if one of the major treatments for RSD (ketamine) severely sedates the body, using needles for a similar effect can work. The following is from Dr Lee’s site: http://www.myacuhealing.com/acupuncture.htm
How does Acupuncture work?
“From the Western perspective, research has demonstrated that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural opiate called endorphin. Further investigation has demonstrated that acupuncture not only affects pain but also regulates a wide variety of body systems.
The relaxed feeling one gets from acupuncture comes from sedation of the sympathetic nervous system, or the “flight or fight response”. This helps de-stress, and improves blood circulation, muscle tightness and digestion, just to name a few.
Acupuncture has also been shown to affect a wide variety of hormones including those that control ovulation and menstruation due to its effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA)
Acupuncture affects neurochemicals such as serotonin that, among other things, affect mood and mental states.”