How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese healing art based on the belief that disease, pain and discomfort is caused by disruptions to the body’s energy flow, or qi or chi (CHEE). This energy travels through the body in pathways called meridians. Inserting tiny needles into acupuncture or acupressure points along these pathways releases the blocked Qi so the body is then freed up to rebalance and heal itself.

Acupuncture Research

The use of acupuncture in China has been recorded for about 2,000 years, but some scholars say its use dates back as far as 4000 years ago. There have been numerous modern studies that have attempted to establish exactly how this complementary medical practice works and which conditions it treats most successfully.

Prevention Magazine found ten research-backed ways that the ancient practice improves your health. Their list includes the reduction or alleviation of migraine headaches, menopause symptoms, acid reflux, depression, seasonal allergies, insomnia, blood pressure, stress, back pain, weight problems and sluggish immune cells.

Many Western practitioners say that acupuncture stimulates the nerves which then signals the brain to release neurohormones that elevate the bodies feelings of well-being. Others say the needles tell the brain to release a nerve growth factor that regenerates the nerve. Still others say that the strategically placed needles stimulate the body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow. While there may be different theories of why it works, there is agreement on its efficacy for treating the medical conditions outlined above.

Booking Your Acupuncture Session

If you’ve never had an acupuncture session, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. While being stuck with needles does not sound like anybody’s good time, it’s very minimally painful and can provide you with drug-free relief.

To book a session, or to talk directly with our acupuncturist, call us at 303-222-8048.