Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine needles at precise points on the body to encourage natural healing. The result is improved mood and energy, reduced pain and improved function in affected areas of the body.
According to ancient Chinese theories, the body is a network of interacting energies. The even distribution and smooth flow of these energies will maintain health. Any interruption, depletion or stagnation in these energies will lead to disease. The goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances in the flow and restore health through stimulation.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This release of chemicals will lead to reduced pain and inflammation, and stimulate the body’s own internal regulating system to promote healing.