How Does Acupuncture Work?

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Studies show that acupuncture produces its effects by increasing pain-
killing biochemicals like endorphins. Acupuncture may also alter the way
the brain releases neurotransmitters and hormones. This change affects
involuntary body functions, immune reactions and processes that
regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.
Acupuncture resets the homeostasis of the body allowing the body to use
its own innate ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture theory is based on the flow of Qi in meridians located
through out the body. You can think of Qi as water and the meridian as a
riverbank. When Qi is stagnant in a specific area, it is like having a logjam
in a river. The Qi cannot flow past the “dam” and the body’s reaction to
this stagnation is pain. Similarly, when there is not enough Qi flowing in a
certain meridian, deficiency symptoms such as weakness and fatigue may
occur. Acupuncture rids the body of these “logjams” and deficiencies,
allowing the Qi to enter into and flow in the meridians smoothly.

Acupuncture assists in healing by affecting the neurovascular system.
Acupuncture strategically increases the flow of Qi and blood to areas in
the body that have injuries, are diseased or could benefit from additional
nourishment. Increased blood flow nurtures the nerves and tissues by
giving them the nutrition necessary to function properly. The tissues of
the body are then able to heal or regenerate, restoring the body back to
a homeostasis state. The acupuncture points targeted during treatment
are tailored for each individual based on a Chinese medical diagnosis.

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