It involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles to “re-program” and restore normal functions in the body. When the acupuncture needles are inserted they send signals to the brain that promote healing by activating the body’s existing self-healing abilities. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.

Many studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses mediated mainly by sensory neurons to many structures within the central nervous system. This can lead to activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain as well as in the peripheral nervous system. Considerable evidence supports the claim that opioid peptides (natural pain relievers) are released during acupuncture and that the analgesic effects of acupuncture are at least partially explained by their actions. There is also evidence of alterations in immune functions produced by acupuncture.

Although much remains unknown regarding the mechanism(s) that might mediate the therapeutic effect of acupuncture, yet it continues to gain popularity and acceptance because of one fact – it works!

The Short Version – 1 min 48

The Medium Version – 23 min (this one is a bit “sciency” so only watch if you love to know the physiology of whats happening during acupuncture)

The Long Version – 57 minutes