Acupuncture: What it Is & How it Works

What is Acupuncture….?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine encouraging the body to initiate and promote the body to natural heal, and improve on its functions. Acupuncture is done by inserting needles and/or applying heat, cups, using a Guasha tool or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points on various parts of the body.

How Does Acupuncture Work….?

The best modern explanation through translation of classical Chinese writings is that channels or “Networks” of energy run in symmetrical patterns through and over the surface of the body. These “networks” of energy channels, can traditionally be called Meridians, and are similar to rivers flowing through the body to restore, irrigate fluids and nourish the tissues and organs. Any type of obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a net or a wall or a dam that backs up into the others.

The (Network) channels or Meridians can be influenced by stimulating doorways or specific landmark points into them, these are called acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock any of the obstructions at these locations, and attempt to reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. With this theory in mind Acupuncture treatments help the body’s external tissues and/or internal organs to correct imbalances in their absorption, function, and energy production activities, as well as in the circulation of their energy through the (Network) channels/meridians.

Modern society can provide scientific explanation to this by studying the results of needling or stimulating the acupuncture points, the body initiates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord, organs, and muscles. These chemicals have to potential to change the sensation of pain, or they can trigger the body to release other chemicals and hormones which can influence the body’s own homeostatic system (internal regulating system).

The result is a produced is improvement of internal tissue energy as well as a biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, resistance to pain sensation, strengthening of the immunity system, and in promoting the body’s natural recuperative power to physical and emotional well-being.