What Is Acupuncture?
First, let's take a more in-depth look into acupuncture or needling. This alternative medicine involves stimulating certain parts of the body with fine needles. During the treatment, a professional will use the needles to penetrate the skin.
Experts believe that needling first emerged in China over one millennium ago. Its success tends to vary significantly from one person to another. Despite the mixed results, scientists in the United States and Europe find it at least moderately effective at treating pain.
Why does needling work, though? The placement of the needles makes this form of treatment effective. Experts say that needling relies on neurohormonal pathways in the body. In understandable terms, the needles stimulate nerves that send signals directly to the brain.
For needling to work effectively, experts have to hit specific nerves. When the needles hit the correct ones, the brain receives signals to release certain endorphins and hormones. These chemicals make people feel happy and euphoric and can even lessen pain.