Acupuncture uses the insertion of fine needles into specific acupuncture points on the body’s surface in order to regulate the flow of Qi. These points generally relate to one of the twenty pathways or meridians that, internally and externally, connect the body (organs, tissues, ligaments and tendons, etc.), mind and spirit. Each point has specific as well as general functions, usually based on its associated meridian or organ and its anatomical location. Via these acupoints, energy can be directed to or away from a deficient or excessive organ, stagnant energy can be released, and yin and yang can be rebalanced. By promoting the proper balance of yin and yang and the smooth flow of qi, the body can achieve homeostasis and regain the ability to heal itself.
Acupuncture has an obvious effect of stimulation or strengthening the body’s immune system, which in turn mobilizes the natural defense power inside the human body. This reaction is the major mechanism of anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effects induced by acupuncture.
According to biochemical and neurological research, acupuncture may work by activating a natural pain-suppression system in the brain. Substantial evidence demonstrates that acupuncture may serve to stimulate the release of endogenous morphine like substance called endorphin, which in turn mediated analgesic effect.
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