Acupuncture is a time-tested science that encourages the repair, growth, recovery, and balance of all body systems by stimulating the body’s own natural and innate ability to heal. It is well known as an excellent and effective aid in the treatment of all manner of pain. However, it’s real benefit extends to all aspects of the body, including hormonal, metabolic, stress, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and so much more. There is no system that acupuncture does not effect.
With a 2500 year history of continuous usage, refinement, and evolution, it is firmly established as an essential medical modality.
See what the World Health Organization has to say about acupuncture.
There are many different theories of why and how acupuncture works. Because acupuncture is performed at so many different sites of the body, in so many different tissues, and with so many different techniques, the reality is that it is more than likely a combination of all of them. If you’re curious, these theories are: gate control theory, nerve reflex theory, neurohumoral, neurofunctional, release of endorphins, immunomodulation, enkephalins, vasodilation, proprioceptors/nociceptors, and gasotransmitters, to name just a few.
If you still want to know more, here are some useful links and books on acupuncture:
Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes
by Helene M. Langevin & Jason A. Yandow
The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine
by Dr Daniel Keown
The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine
by Shigehisa Kuriyama