How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical 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. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.
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 World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including: digestive disorders: gastritis and hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea; respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections; neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis; urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems.