The classical Chinese explanation is that channels (called meridians) of energy (Qi) run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of energy is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling in the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins and other chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or trigger the release of other substances and hormones, which influence the body’s internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulation of the body’s natural healing abilities.
Most patients feel minimal pain as the needles are inserted; most feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there may be a mild ache in the area. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth and insertion through the skin is not painful. There is minimal risk of bruising or skin irritation.
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