How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the body's functions and promotes natural self-healing by stimulating specific points on the body known as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method of stimulating the acupuncture points on the body is either acupressure or the insertion of fine needles.
The acupoints are located across the whole body, from head to toe. Each acupoint is connected to another by a channel called a meridian. By stimulating the acupoint with a needle or finger, it elicits a healing response somewhere else in the body.
Traditional acupuncture theory believes acupuncture works by regulating the bodys's flow of energy (Qi) and bodily fluids such as blood and Yin. Modern biomedicine (western medicine) believes acupuncture works by the stimulation of nerves.
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.
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How acupuncture works from a scientific viewpoint
Acupuncture has been proven to work in hundreds of research studies. Brain mapping, dye staining and hormone analysis has shown the acupuncture has an effect upon the body. You can learn more information about how acupuncture works from a scientific view point.
How long does it take for acupuncture to work?
Upon your first visit, your acupuncturist 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 having acupuncture for several months.
The length of time needed for acupuncture to work depends on what medical problem is being treated and the type of acupuncture being used. For example, people suffering from pain, anxiety or stress will normally notice a reduction in their symptoms after the first 1-2 acupuncture sessions. For more chronic disorders such as skin problems, chronic pain or infertility, acupuncture treatment may take several months.
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Is there proof that acupuncture works?
Yes there is lots of research that proves acupuncture does work.