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 these 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 Chinese medicine theory believes acupuncture works by regulating the body'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. Medical acupuncture tends to work less effectively than traditional acupuncture.
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 explaining how it works on the body.
How acupuncture works from a scientific viewpoint?
It's been proven to work in hundreds of research studies when sham acupuncture isn't used. Brain mapping, dye staining and hormone analysis has shown the effects upon the body. You can learn more information about how acupuncture works from a scientific view point.
The National Institute of Health holds dozens of research articles and meta analysis which show the effects of acupuncture work.
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 several months.
The length of time needed for it 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 sessions. For more chronic disorders such as skin problems, chronic pain or infertility, treatment may take several months.
How can I make acupuncture work quicker?
Is acupuncture effective?
Yes, there is lots of research that proves it's effective for a wide range of health problems including weight loss. Even though there is plenty of evidence to prove that it works, it's still considered an alternative medicine, espcially in the United States.