How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture helps the body heal itself. Simply put, it works primarily through the nervous system. As nerve fibers are stimulated by the tiny needles, neurochemicals are released locally. These chemicals travel to the central nervous system resulting in a cascade of feedback mechanisms. Endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, are released and circulation is increased. Nerve and defense systems are also activated. Because the nervous system is an extensive network affecting every other system in the body, the effects of acupuncture extend well beyond the needle insertion sites. It directs a stimulating or calming effect on these systems through self-modulation.