How Acupuncture Works:
Acupuncture is a complete medical system originating in China thousands of years ago. Today acupuncture is used throughout the world to treat hundreds of different ailments. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin sterile needles at specific points on the body. Using these points, acupuncturists adjust the flow of Qi (vital energy), influencing other flows such as blood, and other fluids.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Studies have shown that acupuncture works for many conditions. Billions of people report that acupuncture is effective, but the exact reasons are not known scientifically.
Some scientists believe that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system; theorizing that stimulating acupuncture points effects peripheral nerves, which effects the central nervous system.
Several studies have proven that acupuncture stimulates the body to secrete endorphins. These morphine-like substances are thought by some to be mechanism behind acupuncture's effectiveness.
Acupuncturists trained in Chinese medicine believe that acupuncture works by promoting or directing the flows of energy and fluids (Qi and Blood). Our bodies are nourished by these flows; like a garden is irrigated by water.
Just as irrigation is regulated by gates or valves, our flows are regulated by acupuncture points. By adjusting these points an acupuncturist influences the flow of energy, blood, food, wastes, hormones, and other fluids.