Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points, located near or on the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the brain.
The brain then releases the body’s natural pain killing hormones (neurotransmitters and endorphins).
The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, but also regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in the human disposition.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms, and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.