The western approach
From a western perspective, traditional acupuncture has been shown to alter the levels of many hormones, prostaglandins, and can affect the behaviour of white blood cells and antibodies. The biochemical changes alter and influence the bodies homeostasis mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Other modern theories are concerned with acupuncture’s effect on the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and others.
Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress (Hui 2010).
The Eastern Philosophy
From an ancient perspective, ‘Qi’ or ‘Vital Force’ or ‘Bio-Energy’ exists and flows around our bodies via clearly-defined ‘Channels of Energy’.
The correct and optimum flow of this energy assists the bodies fight against disease and promotes wellbeing.
Whichever school of thought you subscribe to, there is a growing body of evidence to support the validity of acupuncture and its ability to help our bodies heal. I see plenty of anecdotal evidence on a weekly basis to have total faith in it’s efficacy.