Acupuncture is the treatment of pain, disease, or dysfunction by inserting needles in specific points on the skin. An electrical device may be attached to the needles to aid in treatment.
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. An increase of local blood flow also encourages tissue healing. The improved energy and biochemical balance results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, as well as calming the body and mind.