How Does Acupuncture Work

I have been asked many times how acupuncture works. The answer is that at heart it is a system that stimulates the body’s own internal resources. When you receive an acupuncture treatment, your body’s own healing system becomes 10-20% more effective. Current research has shown that acupuncture treatments cause an increase in the body’s natural production of opioids to relieve pain. (1,2) Research also shows that acupuncture treatments for infections like the cold and flu lead to a speedy recovery due to increased immune system levels.(3)

Interesting articles I’ve found in my stumblings thru the internet.

  1. Acupuncture and the opioid system: implications in management of migraine. This is a study on the use of acupuncture on children.  Especially interesting is the measurement of opioids in the blood stream before and after treatment.
  2. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis.
  3. Impacts on asthma at persistent stage and immune function in the patients treated with acupuncture for warming yang and benefiting qi.