How Does Acupuncture Work?
When performing acupuncture, very small needles are placed into specific points on the body. This produces a physiologic and energetic response along special pathways (meridians). These meridians are interconnected energetic pathways that spread Qi (vital life force or energy) to the entire body. The goal of acupuncture and needle placement is to restore normal Qi flow throughout the body.
Research on the effects of acupuncture have been documented in both humans and dogs. Acupuncture points typically occur in areas with increased nerve endings, small blood vessels and inflammatory cells. Placing needles in these acupuncture points causes the body to release natural pain relievers, stimulates circulation and decreases inflammation.