Essentially, acupuncture restores the healing ability of the body and can be likened to bringing the body back to homeostasis. Acupuncture is shown to affect hormone levels, blood pressure, the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system, pain receptors, the brain, limbic, immunity, as well as the cardiovascular system of the body.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years all across Asia. It has become internationally recognised as the West continues to gain a deeper understanding of its effectiveness and processes through rigorous research. As we enter a new generation of chronic illness and an opioid epidemic, the role of acupuncture in the contemporary world has becomes increasingly relevant.
You can read this White Paper prepared by Acupuncture Now Foundation on the effects of acupuncture.
Or you can read this Acupuncture Evidence summary prepared by the Acupuncture Evidence Project. The summary outlines the relative strength of acupuncture’s effectiveness across a wide range of conditions.