The Science of Acupuncture And Why It Can Really Make A Difference

by Jenna Crawford September 27, 2017

The Science of Acupuncture And Why It Can Really Make A Difference

Acupuncture is the practice of placing very thin needles through the skin in specific locations of the body for the purpose of healing and relief of symptoms. This practice is several thousand years old and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As practiced today it is often combined with other interventions, such as sending a small current of electricity through the needles or burning herbs on the acupuncture points (a practice called moxibustion).

In this post, I will share with you the science of acupuncture and why it can really make a difference:

How does acupuncture work?

The classic Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues.  The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either 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.

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.

To better understand acupuncture, here are its benefits for the body:

1. Reduces Chronic Pain

This is perhaps the most common and celebrated use of acupuncture on the human body, and as such, it has undergone the most research to test its validity. A recent study has shown acupuncture to reduce pain up to 15% when used for a variety of different types of pain, but primarily focused on chronic back pain that may be a result of physical stress, poor sleeping habits, old injuries that never fully healed, tightness of muscles, pregnancy, or other sources. 

Knee pain is another common affliction that causes people to try acupuncture, and although the studies have occasionally contradicted one another, there is a decent amount of positive research results that make acupuncture a legitimate way to reduce knee pain from surgery, or from the pain associated with osteoarthritis and aging. A study published showed that patients with chronic knee pain showed short and long-term benefits for those patients who either received sham acupuncture or no acupuncture at all, so there must be something positive going on in this traditional style or pain management.

2. Increases Fertility Rate And Chances Of Pregnancy

The aim to increase fertility with acupuncture is by way of improving the sexual vitality of men and women, increasing the production of eggs and sperm so that the quality is good, as well as to improve blood circulation in the uterus and surrounding area.

Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus in order to relax the cervix and inhibit the stress hormone that can interfere with the process of the embryo into a fetus candidate. From the results of the poll, it is known that acupuncture can help mix the sperm and egg into an embryo in the womb.

3. Overcome Insomnia

Insomnia is a health problem experienced by many people around the world, one of the cause is usually stress or genetic. Even so, a drug used to treat insomnia usually cause uncomfortable side effects. On the other hand, recent research suggests that acupuncture may help provide assistance to overcome insomnia. An additional benefit provided by acupuncture is the absence of side effects in patients.

4. Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis can also be alleviated through acupuncture. But here it should be emphasized that acupuncture is a complementary therapy from the medical care you receive, then avoid making acupuncture as the sole reference. Knee pain due to osteoarthritis is also rumored can be relieved by acupuncture. Most people have felt the results, particularly those associated with the recovery of pain and stiffness.

5. Peripheral Neuropathy Medication

Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system that transmit information from the brain and spinal cord to every part of the body. Usually accompanied by symptoms of numbness and tingling sensation or pain in hands and feet, causing difficulty in walking, gripping and other bodily functions.

Many recent studies have revealed that acupuncture is an effective method for treating the symptoms of this medical condition by bringing the energy back to the body of his extremities. Acupuncture helps energy supply of patients to areas that needed to balance and harmony within the mind and body.

Possible Risks of Acupuncture:

-    It is dangerous if the patient has a bleeding disorder

-    It is dangerous if the patient is taking blood thinners

-    There may be bleeding, bruising and soreness at the insertion sites

-    The needle may break and damage an internal organ (very rare)

-    When inserted deeply into the chest or upper back there is a risk of collapsed lung (very rare)

When deciding to perform acupuncture therapy, the first thing to note is the credibility of the therapist. A therapist should ideally be experienced or at least have been trained. If not, there will be risks, such as disease getting worse as a result of the position of the needle, or stabbing too deep can cause injury to internal organs.

The second most important thing is the hygiene clinic and especially the use of acupuncture needles. Make sure the needles are sterilized properly or use the disposable kind. If not, the risk of infections such as hepatitis can occur due to negligence acupuncturist in using dirty needles.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method to alleviate pain. It does not require surgery, and it has no major ill effects for the body. It is a method that has been proven to alleviate pain and beneficial for the health. In this post, I shared with you the science of acupuncture and why it can really make a difference.

Jenna Crawford


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