Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine reported in history and originated from ancient Chinese medicine. The basis of acupuncture is that fine, sterile needles are inserted into prescribed spots on the body which connect to various body systems (the nervous system, endocrine system, circulatory system and lymphatic system etc) in the aim to regulated the flow of “Chi”(energy).
In scientific terms, needling of particular points results in the release of chemicals in the muscles, cranium and spinal cord. This cascade of chemical mediators can alter the perception of pain and lead to release of other chemical mediators that orchestrate organ function. This stimulation of chemical communication utilises the body’s own ability to heal itself.