how acupuncture works

Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body along meridians. This stimulates the nervous system, activating the body’s capacity to regulate and self-heal. Treating the root causes as well as the symptoms or 'branches' in this way promotes physical and mental wellbeing, gently and naturally.

BOOSTS IMMUNITY 

Stimulates organ function and promotes health.  Restores balance between the immune cells.

ENCOURAGES HEALING

Creates a micro-trauma to the area to increase blood flow and elicit the body's own innate healing mechanisms.

REDUCES INFLAMMATION

Balances inflammatory mediators in the body

IMPROVES CIRCULATION

Releases stagnant Qi to promote circulation in the body and improve function where needed.

INCREASES SENSE OF WELL-BEING

Affects the part of the brain that governs serotonin, the brain chemical.

REDUCES PAIN

Releases endorphins, the body's natural pain killing chemicals.

New studies are being published continually which are helping us understand the ways in which acupuncture activates the body's various systems to achieve its healing effects.

Acupuncture points have been found to have a greater electrical conductance than other sites 

Photophelthysmography demonstrates enhanced microvascular blood flow in surrounding tissue

MRI readings demonstrate that acupuncture elicits therapeutic changes in the brain.

Ultrasound images

have demonstrated increased blood flow following needle stimulation