In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along 12 major meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is out of whack. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and balance it.
In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. So far, research is still trying to find an answer. It has been shown that the insertion of a needle at an acupuncture point reaches the brain in about 0.8ms, which is 100 times faster than nerve transmission. Currently, there is more research being done to establish the mechanism by which fascia and connective tissue creates a piezoelectric effect which could explain the fast transmission of signals. The exact mechanisms which brings this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.