How Does Acupuncture Work?

An acupuncturist looks at the health of the body as a whole, diagnosing which areas are not functioning at a normal, healthy state and how this influences the health of the rest of the body. Typically an acupuncturist will talk in terms of imbalances or blockages in the body’s normal flow of energy, and uses acupuncture to influence this flow of energy in order to promote healing and resolve the problem.

There are many modern theories about how acupuncture works on the body, but the truth is that it is still not fully understood. Research shows that acupuncture has various physiological effects on the body, including:

  • stimulating the secretion of neurotransmitters such as endorphins to influence the immune system
  • normalizing the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain
  • influencing the electrical system of the body to facilitate healing between normal and injured tissues
  • affecting the blood concentration of blood components such as cholesterol and triglycerides, to promote homeostasis

Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.

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