How Does Acupuncture Work

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries and is based on the theory that there is energy, ‘chi’ flowing through your body. In milder disorders, too much dopamine in the limbic system (a network of brain structures) is associated with emotion and memory problems, and not enough in the cerebral cortex may produce an overly suspicious personality prone to bouts of paranoia that may inhibit social interaction.

The traditional origins of acupuncture lie in the basis that disease is caused by problems with energy (qi) which runs along pathways (meridians) and can be affected positively or negatively by the five elements, yin and yang and other interior and exterior factors.

Though the existence of neither Qi nor meridians has been conclusively proved by medical research, acupuncturists claim that all diseases are caused by a disruption in the smooth flow of Qi. To correct irregularities in the flow, an acupuncture practitioner will stimulate locations beneath the skin called acupoints using different techniques.

Today people are moving more away from western medicine and moving more towards acupuncture, mainly when western medicine has no answer to their medical ailment or they do not like the other options given them, be it surgery or drugs or even when they have been told that nothing else can be done.

Traditionally, acupuncture is applied as part of an Eastern Medicine approach to illness, known as (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine. This energy is known as Qi and when a channel becomes blocked Qi cannot flow freely, which causes pain or a physical ailment.