Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities. When acupuncture needles are inserted they activate the acupuncture points which connect to the dynamic energy known as Qi (pronounced ‘CHEE’). The acupuncture paradigm of healing is based on the Chinese medicine’s fundamental belief that if the Qi flow is disrupted, not allowing it to flow freely throughout the acupuncture meridians of the body, disease will result. By accessing the Qi through the acupuncture points we restore the natural flow of Qi thereby restoring the body to health.
From a more scientific perspective acupuncture has been shown to trigger endorphin release (the pain relief, feel good hormone), improve circulation and speed up recovery from injury by stimulating the dilation of blood vessels in local areas. Acupuncture has also been shown to reduces levels of cortisol and stimulates immune system cells (T-cells) to provide a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Furthermore, it has been shown to regulate the brain by changing brain chemistry which has an effect on heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, breathing, body temperature, and serotonin output which regulates moods and emotional responses.