Acupuncture is an age-old healing practice in which thin needles are placed at specific points in the body. It’s primarily used to relieve pain but also has been used to treat other conditions.
Acupuncture seeks to release the flow of the body’s vital energy or “chi” by stimulating points along 14 energy pathways. Scientists say the needles cause the body to release endorphins — natural painkillers — and may boost blood flow and change brain activity.
In simple terms when a needle penetrates the body we are basically creating a mini injury to the system,the brain picks up on this stimulus and will straight away act on it thus encouraging the body to self heal,now when you put say ten needles into specific areas of the body we are creating multiple mini injuries thus creating a larger stimulus to the body and the Brain will act accordingly which is to help the body to self heal by increasing blood flow around the body and stimulating the central nervous system.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. They often say they feel energized or relaxed after the treatment.