Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to promote circulation, reduce inflammation, stop pain, and bring the body into homeostasis (a state of balance and proper function).
We know that pain and disease arise from poor circulation and inflammation, so when we can understand how acupuncture works, it is easy to see that it is highly beneficial to stop pain, promote health and prevent or help reverse disease.
Your own blood contains all the healing agents that naturally provide pain relief and healing when necessary. The blood contains anti-inflammatories, analgesics (pain relievers), immune components, hormones, nutrients that we extract from food (which is why nutrient deficient food is detrimental), and of course oxygen or “qi”.
This mechanism of self-healing gets interrupted and the body can be trapped in an inappropriate pain pattern. When our bodies are confronted with chronic pain, we experience what, in essence, is a confusion in the nervous system. Acupuncture is phenomenal at jumpstarting the nervous system and breaking this pattern.