How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles inserted at the correct meridian points unblock the obstructions and reestablish a healthy flow to tissues and organs, potentially correcting digestion, absorption and energy production in the body.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, which influence the body’s, own internal regulating system.
By stimulating the immune system acupuncture can help prevent illness. It can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine (as in the allopathic treatment of disease) or as a treatment modality on its own. While you lie relaxed and quiet, Acupuncture needles focus your body’s healing energy where it is most needed. This gentle yet powerful procedure helps your body return to homeostasis; a correct balance between good health and vitality.