How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a way of eliciting the body to heal naturally and improve well-being. Needles are inserted at acupuncture points and may be stimulated with heat or electricity. Classical Chinese acupuncture describes channels (also called meridians) or rivers of energy flowing in specific patterns on the surface and throughout the body. An obstruction of the flow of energy, similar to a dam in a river, is believed to be directly related to disease in the human body and mind.

What about scientific research and acupuncture?

The channels of energy flow can be influenced by needling specific acupuncture points to unblock the obstruction and encourage normal flow of energy and blood, restoring function and health. Therefore, acupuncture can treat many types of imbalances in the body, manifesting as different illnesses. Scientific research has demonstrated the release of chemicals in muscles, the spinal cord, and the brain after an acupuncture treatment. Current scientific explanation suggests that these chemicals either change the perception of pain or stimulate the release of other chemicals which facilitate the body’s own internal regulatory system. The augmented energy and biochemical balance further stimulates the body’s natural healing process to maintain its physical and emotional well-being.