How does acupuncture work?

From a Chinese medicine point of view, acupuncture moves Qi and Blood around the body to either strengthen or reduce the energy of particular organs that are imbalanced and causing disease or pain. However, this concept is foreign to anyone other than Chinese medicine practitioners, so research is constantly being performed to find a scientific explanation for acupuncture’s effects. So far, research has found that acupuncture has the ability to effect every major system in the body through increased blood flow (and therefore oxygen and nutrient delivery to major organ systems), releases natural painkillers, relaxes muscle, reduces stress and balances hormones through the central nervous system. It’s effects can be local or central and all medication free!