Most people experience a profound feeling of relaxation and well being during and after an acupuncture treatment. Disposable hair thin acupuncture needles are painlessly inserted creating feelings such as warmth, tingling, pressure or a slight ache. Many people say "I wish I would have tried this sooner."
How does acupuncture work?
The life force or healing force is called Qi (pronounced chee) and flows through a system of twelve major pathways or meridians. Each meridian is connected internally to a specific organ such as the lung, spleen, etc. The acupuncture points along these pathways on the surface of the skin can therefore be used to affect a corresponding internal organ. These acupuncture points can be measured as areas of higher electrical skin conductance. The qi in the meridians is balanced, resulting in a state of ease, and well-being.
From a western perspective acupuncture increases blood flow to speed healing, and stimulates hormonal changes such as increasing the bodies natural pain modulators (endorphins). Patients who receive Naloxone (an anecdote to morphine like drugs) do not respond to acupuncture’s pain-reducing effects.