Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture is based in Eastern medical theory that dates back several thousand years. This theory acknowledges the existence of the meridians, and the vital energy that flows within, and between them. This energy is commonly referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”) in Chinese medicine. The goal of acupuncture is to promote the smooth flow of Qi in the meridians. It gently unblocks the places where lack of flow is causing pain and disease.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Ongoing research is looking at several mechanisms for the HOW behind why acupuncture works. Some studies are showing that acupuncture helps to stimulate the release of endorphins and beta-endorphins in the brain. This means it is helping your body to create more of its own natural, pain relieving substances. Other studies have shown that acupuncture has an immediate effect on improving circulation in the area where needles are placed. More blood flow to an injured tissue means faster healing, and shorter recovery time! Brain imaging studies are showing that acupuncture also works to partially block the transmission of a pain signal to the brain. These mechanisms work together to provide both immediate and lasting pain relief, while improving your body’s innate healing ability.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is a surprisingly comfortable and painless experience. We tend to utilize the most gentle techniques we can, and we try to minimize the number of needles in each treatment. If you’re particularly nervous about this aspect of acupuncture check out our blog on this topic
Just can’t do needles? We offer many treatment options that do not involve needles and you can read about them here.