How does acupuncture work?

The goal of acupuncture is to approach the whole body without doing harm to the individual’s natural state. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recognized acupuncture as a valuable complement to modern medical care.

Historically, Chinese medical science developed acupuncture through observing the human physiology in nature. They discovered when the body was under strain either from external pathogens, or internal emotions that the body developed pain, illness, and other deficiencies. These strains are thought to block the natural flow in the body and prevent proper homeostasis. By inserting needles, East Asian medical practitioners discovered that the flow of body mind and emotions became unblocked and balanced to an ideal state.

Recent western medical theory believes acupuncture points to lie at convergence of connective tissue planes. When needles are applied to the acupuncture points some of the effects are believed to activate the metabolism, increase white blood cell activity, improve cellular information exchange, and stimulate mechanoreceptor cells.

From a western medical stand point, these reactions may help stimulate the immune system, generate blood flow to the region, and restore connective tissue matrix composition to promote the body’s endogenous healing function. 

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