Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin.
The specific points are on channels of energy that run in regular patterns throughout the body. These energy channels, also known as meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish tissue. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it from the others. Thus, needling acupuncture points balances the meridians to allow equal nourishment to all tissues and unblocks obstructions to relieve pain.
The modern scientific explanation says that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the way someone experiences pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal healing system.
Acupuncture promotes both physical and emotional well-being.