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The Science Behind Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine offers a holistic way of looking at illness and health. Through the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at precise points, acupuncture gently encourages the restoration of health and well-being by balancing the body’s Qi (pronounced chee) or bioelectric energy.
There are several theories on how acupuncture works. One prevailing idea suggests that the acupuncture insertion points reduce pain by blocking pain impulses from reaching the spinal cord or brain. Another view suggests that acupuncture stimulates endorphins that help reduce pain and create feelings of well-being. A third perspective holds that acupuncture stimulates increased blood flow to deficient tissues and organs. Acupuncture may promote sleep and reduce anxiety by increasing melatonin secretion. MRI scans show that repeated acupuncture sessions create reproducible changes in brain activity.
The use of medicinal herbs has been a hallmark of Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, and is often used to complement the stimulation of the acupuncture points.