How does it work?

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In a state of perfect health our Qi flows smoothly and we feel balanced. You might describe this Qi as the energy of all observable physiological activity, our very own bodily electro- magnetic currents!

Pain, illness or disease result from a blockage or imbalance in the flow of this energy.
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An acupuncture treatment involves the use of fine, pre-sterilised needles inserted into specific acupuncture points along channels (or meridians) in order to re-establish the proper flow of Qi and blood. Research slows that such treatment can increase the circulation, allowing oxygen, blood and lymph to support the body's own self healing process. When we are well our Qi flows smoothly. A fundamental principle in acupuncture treatment is to restore balance or bring homeostasis.

Acupuncture points could be described as areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary systems at the base of the brain.
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The hypothalamus-pitutary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is perhaps why acupuncture can work well for back pain, arthritis and also pre-menstrual syndrome and infertility.

Many people report a feeling of relaxation and well-being after an acupuncture treatment which may substantiate the possibility that seratonin is released by needling. It is in this context that people with depression may find benefit from acupuncture.