Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is the most comprehensive medicine known to man. It is a 2000+ year old circulatory medicine. It involves nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, meditation, and exercise.
I've spent several years in graduate school learning how acupuncture works, but here's a brief physiological explanation of how it can treat something complex like pain.
One way we treat pain involves something called, local needling, like “dry needling” but without the aggressive thrusting with the neelde. The hair thin acupuncture needle is inserted into the area of pain, degranulating the mast cells. In doing so, more white blood cells flood to the area of pain. The intention here is to increase blood flow to the area in with the intention to promote healing. The downfall to this method is that, pain may worsen before it gets better.
Other more advanced methods of acupuncture, incorporate using acupuncture needles in other areas of the body. By using acupuncture needles in areas further away from the painful or injured area, the strength of the weakened proprioceptive signal to the midbrain is increased to release the body’s own pain relieving hormones, (enkephalins) to the area of chronic pain. These enkephalins are stronger than oxycontin, and are the body’s own opioids. This method is especially useful for chronic pain.
To simplify the basic explanation of these physiological responses, in Chinese Medicine, we simply say that acupuncture moves qi and blood.
Hands down, yes it does. Call today to set up your free consultation and learn how acupuncture can help you.