Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves the insertion of very fine needles into energy points in the body. These energy points are on Energy Channels or meridians which are connected with specific organs e.g. liver, heart etc. By stimulating the energy point via the needle we can have a positive effect upon the organ and induce a state of well being or dynamic balance (homeostasis).
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, in fact, early acupuncture needles, made of fish bones, have been found in tombs in China dating up to 6000 bce. Because acupuncture and Chinese medicine is so old there have been thousands of years of clinical trials and everything that didn’t work has been discarded long ago. What’s left is a very effective form of natural medicine which has stood the test of time.
Through modern scientific study and testing acupuncture has been shown to stimulate sensory nerves and the release of endorphins and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) on a cellular level. It has also been shown to stimulate fascial fibroblast cells which are essential for wound healing.
Due to the diversity of points and application acupuncture can be used to treat a whole range of conditions including musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain, insomnia, fertility issues, lethargy and tiredness, vertigo among many others. Most acupuncture research has focused on it’s effectiveness in pain relief and there is strong evidence for the use of acupuncture to treat a number of conditions including but not limited to knee pain, migraines, headaches, osteo-arthritis etc.