Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice from traditional Chinese medicine that is used to relieve pain and other symptoms on the premise of restoring the flow of energy (“qi”) along the pathways of the body. While this explanation might seem a bit mystical to some, extensive research suggests that there is a measurable biological response to acupuncture, legitimizing its use as a form of medicine. So how does acupuncture work?

Why the skepticism?

Much of the skepticism has come from a lack of understanding in how the practice works, largely because it isn’t originally a part of Western culture. As Eastern traditional medicine practices influence Western medical treatments, researchers are studying the efficacy and hard science behind treatments like acupuncture. While we might not explain the dynamics of acupuncture in the same way, evidence strongly suggests the practice has measurable benefits.

How acupuncture works

In acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body to stimulate certain systems within the body itself. Among these:

In short, acupuncture acts as a way of jumpstarting the natural bodily functions that enable the body to heal itself naturally, making it a welcome alternative to medications and other more invasive procedures. For more information about acupuncture treatments, contact Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center today at (404) 256-2633.

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