How does acupuncture work in treatment?

Acupuncture, or acupressure, is an ancient healing method originating in China and is used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. It is based on the concept of “qi” (sometimes pronounced “chi”) or life energy, which Eastern medicine believes circulates through specific “meridians” or channels in the body.

How it works:

  1. Establishing a diagnosis: First, the practitioner will take a history to determine any irregularities in the flow of energy and identify points to be pricked.
  2. Needle Insertion: Special thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the body. These points are associated with specific organs or organ systems.
  3. Stimulation: After the needle is inserted, it may be moved or rotated slightly for stimulation. In some cases, a mild electric current may be applied.
  4. Needle removal: Needles are usually left in the body for 15 to 30 minutes and then removed.

Principle of Action:

According to the Eastern concept, acupuncture helps to regulate the flow of “qi” and restore its balance, which in turn helps in the treatment of various diseases.

Modern research shows that acupuncture can stimulate a number of biological reactions in the body. This may include stimulating the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and other neurotransmitters, which can help relieve pain. It is also suggested that acupuncture may affect inflammation and the immune system.


Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Allergies
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Some forms of infertility
  • And many other conditions.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of acupuncture can vary depending on the specific condition and the individual patient. It is also advisable to see a qualified practitioner and discuss the potential risks and benefits before beginning treatment.