Does acupuncture work?
Ancient Chinese theory believes acupuncture treatment works by regulating the body's flow of energy; Qi, pronounced "chee", and bodily fluids such as blood flow and Yin and Yang on the human body. Modern biomedicine (western medicine) believes it works by the stimulation of nerves. Medical acupuncture tends to work less effectively than traditional acupuncture.
The acupuncture points are located across the whole body, from head to toe. Each acupoint is connected to another by a channel called a meridian. By stimulating specific points with a needle or finger, it elicits a healing response somewhere else in the body. Acupuncture to treat a wide range of health problems.
A more modern theory that originated in Korea using advanced science has found these meridians within the lymphatic system. They were missed by anatomists hundreds of years ago. It's believed that the insertion of a needles along the lymphatic system creates a healing response within the immune system.
Watch my animated video below which explains how accupuncture acts upon the body to heal various health conditions. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and practice traditional accupuncture style and not medical acupuncture.
How long does acupuncture take to work?
Upon your first visit, your acupuncture practitioners will recommend a course of treatment based upon their diagnosis. The course of treatment can vary from twice weekly sessions to weekly sessions for 6 weeks to several months. Generally after 30 minutes of treatment you should feel something working.
The length of time needed for it to work depends on what medical problem is being treated and the type of accupuncture being used. For example, people suffering from pain, anxiety or stress will normally notice a reduction in their symptoms after the first 1-2 sessions. For more chronic disorders such as skin problems, chronic pain or infertility, treatment may take several months.
Is acupuncture effective?
Yes, there is lots of research that proves it's effective for a wide range of health problems including pain conditions and for side effects of cancer treatments. Even though there is plenty of evidence to prove that it works, it's still considered an alternative medicine, especially in the United States.
The National Institute of Health holds dozens of research articles, controlled trials and meta-analysis which show that acupuncture does work. Study suggests that it's been proven to work in hundreds of research studies when sham acupuncture isn't used, especially in reduces pain and blood pressure. Brain mapping, dye staining and hormone analysis has shown the effects upon the body. You can learn more information about how it works from a scientific view point.