How Acupuncture Works

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the energy in the body moving in a smooth and balanced flow through a series of channels. This energy is known as ‘qi’ and the channels are known as meridians.

The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of things. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger and sadness, as well lifestyle factors such as diet, hereditary factors, illness and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness may result.

The acupuncturist inserts ultra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to simulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution or improvement of your condition and can also bring about a sense of well-being and balance in your life.

Western science has two theories as to how acupuncture works. Gate theory attempts to understand how acupuncture can work. It suggests that by intercepting the transmission of pain signals along the nerve to the brain, pain impulses never reach the brain. Another theory suggests that it stimulates the release of the bodies own painkillers, called endorphins.

Acupunture is normally practiced in a series of treatments. Find out more here.