How does acupuncture work?
The Western scientific explanation
Acupuncture works through the body's nervous system.
It also causes the release of many important hormones and chemicals including:• Beta-endorphin
Acupuncture has measurable effects on many of the body's systems including:
• Sweat gland activity
• Blood circulation
• Lung function
• Urinary function
• Bowel function
Acupuncture can also exert its effects via the spinal cord from where it can influence most of the body's organs.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture
This is based on the belief that energy (or Qi, pronounced ‘chee’) flows throughout the body along channels or ‘meridians’. Balance and harmony are integral to the concept of health and any obstruction to the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body can cause disease.
It is believed that pain, or illness, occurs if the body becomes out of balance and the energy (Qi) is prevented from flowing freely. The purpose of acupuncture is to remove any blockages and enable the energy to flow freely and harmoniously throughout the body, thereby restoring balance and health.