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Dating back to ancient China circa 6,000 BC, acupuncture has evolved and refined over centuries, with practitioners inserting fine needles into the skin in order to alleviate various health issues. As the practice spread across China, it gained widespread recognition and eventually reached Western medical circles in the 1970s. At its core, acupuncture is based on the belief that the body is regulated by a life energy called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), which flows through designated pathways, and that harmonious qi is essential for health and equilibrium.
While the exact mechanisms of acupuncture are still being studied, it is thought that acupuncture needles may stimulate the release of endorphins and promote circulation, which could explain its efficacy in relieving pain and reducing stress. In addition, acupuncture is known to activate and reinforce the body’s inherent healing capabilities, which can be beneficial for various conditions, including chronic low back pain.
The meridian system is a network of energy pathways in the body, comprising 12 principal meridians that connect to organ systems and extend to the extremities, as well as eight extraordinary meridians. Early practitioners believed that health and a balanced state could be achieved by harmonizing qi. They thought that an imbalance in qi would bring about illnesses. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along these meridian pathways to restore balance and promote healing.
While the concept of meridians and qi may seem foreign to Western medicine, research has shown that acupuncture points often correspond to areas where connective tissue is denser and nerve endings are more plentiful. This suggests that stimulating these points may have a direct effect on the central nervous system, which could explain some of the observed benefits of acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture has been found to stimulate the nervous system and release endorphins, leading to its therapeutic outcomes.
Some studies have even shown that acupuncture can be more effective than medication for certain types of chronic pain, with fewer side effects.