Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that originated thousands of years ago. It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of energy, or “qi”, can cause health issues.
Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles to specific points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi to balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
According to TCM theory, there are over 1000 acupuncture points on the body, each lying on an invisible energy channel, or “meridian.” Each meridian is associated with a different organ system.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain-relieving chemicals. Acupuncture is also said to influence the autonomic nervous system (which controls bodily functions) and the release of chemicals that regulate blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation, and calm the brain, making you feel more relaxed.