Having had an avid interest in acupuncture for several years, it’s always good test of my knowledge and communication skills when friends and family ask, “So…..how does acupuncture work?” Indeed, that is the question we would all like to know. There are many different explanations I’ve heard and experienced, but I’m still far from the answer. Acupuncture is an ancient and respected medicine, and it can't be explained simply in one sentence.
One theory that seems to be widely accepted is that Qi (your life energy) flows though your body in a balanced manner in order to keep you healthy and free from pain. When the Qi is blocked or deficient, there may be pain, emotional distress, or disease. Acupuncture balances the energy of the body, therefore reducing pain and emotional distress either quickly or over a period of several sessions, depending on the disease or issue at hand.
To find out more about how acupuncture works, check out the entry on Wikipedia.
And for you Oprah fans out there, if you didn’t catch Dr. Oz and Daniel Hsu, LAc, explaining acupuncture on her show, check this out.