How does acupuncture treat pain?

I get this question all the time, so I’d like to answer it today.

Acupuncture works is by adjusting the circulation of blood and Qi in the body.

Blood is always moving through your entire body and carries oxygen and nutrition to all living tissues.

Qi is another word for the nutrition made up of oxygen and nutrition you get from food.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we think that blood and Qi important factors in your health.

When I perform an acupuncture treatment, I use needles to adjust the blood and Qi in my client’s body.

I do this by selecting acupoints.

An acupoint is a place where blood and Qi converge.

For instance, there are many acupoints around the elbow since it has many veins and arteries passing through it.

When people get sick, their acupoints show signs of illness too.

That means that I can identify why a person is experiencing discomfort by simply palpating relevant acupoints.

If you have shoulder pain, I can palpate points on your shoulder, back, arms and legs in order to find out where the Qi and blood are not flowing properly in your body.

Then I can treat those points with acupuncture needles and help you obtain relief.

When a person is injured, the body generates inflammation at the site of the injury.

Inflammation happens when blood rises to the level of an injury of infection to protect the body.

This is how your body protects you from further injury.

Inflammation is your body’s defense system, but it also causes pain and restricts movement.

Inflammation is an important part of the healing process, but it can also become chronic, leading to long term discomfort.

Acupuncture treats pain by using needles to release stagnant blood which accumulates during inflammation.

I don’t just put the needles in and leave them there, I also manipulate the needle to release the blood causing the inflammation and promote circulation.

Acupuncture is a time tested and scientifically proven way to treat pain that works by adjusting blood circulation in the body.

So now you know a little more about how acupuncture works.

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Want to read about the science of acupuncture?

Acupuncture and the Nervous System:  Article by Hopkin’s Medicine:,physical%20and%20emotional%20well%2Dbeing.