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How Does Acupuncture Work

How does acupuncture work has become a very common question in the US and other countries where interest in non-traditional treatments is increasing rapidly. Acupuncture has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It is recognized in many parts of the world as a safe and effective natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments. It's popularity in the US has been growing rapidly in recent years.

What Is Acupuncture

acupuncture needle Acupuncture is a method of treatment used to stimulate and improve the body's own natural healing abilities. It also improves the overall functioning of your body. This is accomplished by inserting very thin needles at specific known acupuncture points on your body. More and more people are becoming concerned about the dangers of long term use of prescription medications. They are finding acupuncture to be a very safe and effective alternative. And you can forget about dangerous acupuncture side effects because they don't exist.

How Does Acupuncture Work - Background Information

acupuncture meridian In order to answer the question of how does acupuncture work, we need some background information. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that vital energy (referred to as Qi) flows along specific pathways throughout our body. These pathways are called meridians and are well known by practitioners. As energy travels along these pathways, it nourishes and strengthens all of the body's different organs.

I like to compare it to our circulatory system. Blood has to travel through our body to keep us healthy and functioning properly. The same thing is true about our vital energy. Although we can't see this energy, it also has to flow through our body, helping to keep us healthy and our body functioning as it was designed to.

How Does Acupuncture Work - Vital Energy Flow

In order to keep your vital energy flowing like it should, you need to keep your body in a balanced state. It is believed that there are two opposing forces in your body. These are referred to as yin and yang, kind of like negative and positive forces. If yin and yang are out of balance, your vital energy will not be able to flow freely along your meridians and through your body.

If your vital energy is not flowing freely, then one or more of your organs is not getting the energy and nourishment that it needs to stay healthy. This is what can lead to sickness and disease. Practioners are aware of the specific acupuncture body points along your meridians where access can be gained to correct your energy flow. Depending on what ailment you are getting your treatment for, say asthma, they will know which particular acupuncture points to access.

How Does Acupuncture Work - Using Needles

acupuncture needle Very small acupuncture needles are inserted at these specific acupuncture body points and manipulated and sometimes a small electrical charge or heat is also used on the needles. By doing this, the energy blockages can be removed, allowing the energy to get back to flowing normally along the meridians again. This will bring your body back into a balanced state. And in a balanced state, your body can put its own natural healing powers to work and eliminate the diseases and ailments that you were experiencing.

One of the benefits of acupuncture is that the brain gets stimulated to release endorphins and some other neurotransmitters into your system. Endorphins are natural pain killers which are very effective on things such as back pain, arthritis, etc. They also help reduce emotions like anxiety, stress and depression.

So how does acupuncture work? Well, it works very well indeed. And there are no dangerous acupuncture side effects like with many prescription medications.

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