Where did Acupuncture originate?
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world.  It primarily involves the insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific points on the body and manually or electrically stimulating them for the purpose of tapping into the body's natural healing powers.  

Acupuncture is used to treat and prevent pain, disease, as well as maintain health and wellness by:

  • Reducing inflammation and swelling;
  • Increasing circulation of blood and oxygen to injured areas for faster healing; 
  • Relaxing muscles and increasing range-of-motion of joints; 
  • Releasing endorphins to block pain signals (serotonin and melatonin); 
  • Restoring the blood flow to tissues and organs; 
  • Reducing stress and anxiety;
  • Strengthening the immune system by stimulating white blood cells to fight infection

How does acupuncture really work?

How acupuncture works is an ongoing subject of debate as there are a many theories on the topic. 

According to Traditional Oriental Medicine, ancient theories attribute the healing effect of acupuncture to the flow of Qi (Chee), which is described as the vital energy that flows through our bodies in a complex network of meridians or channels.  Many of these meridians, similarly to nerves and blood vessels, are said to be internally connected with specific organs such as the Heart, Spleen, Liver, Kidney, and Stomach.  Consequently, any disease that causes a disruption in the meridian network would influences all body systems including skeletal, muscular, endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and nervous.  Acupuncture adjusts and regulates the flow of Qi in the meridians, restoring the harmonious energetic balance of the body.  

Contemporary explanations of how acupuncture works focus on biochemical and neurological theories, which maintain that acupuncture works by increasing certain hormones in the body.  It is said that by increasing the level of endorphins and serotonin leads to pain relief, enhanced energy and vitality, as well as strengthening the body’s immune system.  Other theories reported by the National Institute of Health state that acupuncture works on an electromagnetic field in our body. 

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