Acupuncture is an ancient practice that was systematized by the Chinese over millennia. In modern times it is studied along biomedical science and evidence based medicine.
In TCM theory, the body’s energy (Qi) can become stagnant and blocked, which leads to imbalances that manifest as both physical and/or mental illness. Acupuncture works by activating your body’s own healing process by inducing deep states of relaxation that allow blockages to recede. By stimulating certain points on the body, stagnant Qi is moved, homeostasis is restored and the body/mind/spirit can find harmony.
In the western world, some doctors believe that acupuncture works by stimulating neurohormonal pathways which send signals to the brain to release hormones like beta-endorphins. Regardless of the different explanations for its mechanism of action and effectiveness, acupuncture remains to this day a leading treatment for numerous conditions or simply the prevention of disease and maintenance of good balanced health.
If you’re curious about getting in on these benefits, but not the biggest fan of needles, you can also try acupressure, included in the Tui-Na Massage, which stimulates the flow of Qi in the meridians.