Acupuncture is an acient Chinese healing art. It has stood the test of time as its use dates back thousands of years.
It involves inserting fine needles and sometimes applying heat at very precise acupuncture points to relieve pain and promote natural healing.
The classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) runs in channels and regular patterns throughout the body. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers that flow through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that blocks energy flow, causing pain and dysfunction.
Acupuncture needles unblock the energy rivers (meridians) and re-establish the regular flow through the body.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. This can help reduce pain, improve circulation to and from an area and improve lymphatic drainage and organ function.
Acupuncture may be beneficial in treating musculoskeletal pain, period pain, stress, headaches and digestive problems.