Acupuncture, Accupuncture however you spell it, is an effective treatment for many of our modern health problems.

How does Acupuncture work? It is the million dollar question that many very smart people have tried to answer. Western researchers have speculated that it stimulates the nerves, or works along the bones only to abandon those ideas. The consensus is that it works by stimulating the “internal pharmacy” in the body. The needles are put into specific points where the “QI” comes to the surface of the body. These points adjust the communications system of body and are associated with specific organs and their functions.

Research verifies that specific point combinations will increase the body’s production of white blood cells making it an effective treatment for persons undergoing chemotherapy or for persons who need to boost their immune system.

Acupuncture is probably best known in the West for its ability to dissolve pain. It works in several different ways to do this. First it helps the body to produce more endorphins (brain chemicals that make us feel well and experience less pain). Second it can open the flow of blocked “QI” and thus relieve the pain of stagnation.

Sometimes acupuncture points are used because of their location as in: Small Intestine points on the shoulder are used to help the shoulder more often than they are used to regulate the small intestine. Sometimes acupuncture points are used because they regulate the function of the organ. An example of this would be to use a liver point on the foot to regulate the liver.

Understanding the relationship of the flow of energy and the relationship different organs have to each other is essential to effectiveness. One of the most effective points for migraine headaches is at the base of the skull on the Gallbladder channel. It is used to regulate the liver energy that is really responsible for the headache.

Acupuncture has been around in one form or another for 5000 years. It would never have survived if it was not effective. We are lucky to have 1000’s of years of observation and insight as a way to deal with 21st century maladies.