Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body along meridians (known as channels), to increase blood flow and oxygenate areas of the body that are in a state of disease and imbalance. In the treatment of trauma, acupuncture strengthens and supports the muscle tissue to accelerate recovery, ease pain and help to regain mobility. From an internal medicine perspective, it harmonized the various organ systems, allowing them to work more efficiently. Some examples of this are how acupuncture can influence the regulation of hormones in the body by increasing up-regulation of glucose, and invigorate cells in the stomach to release hydrochloric acid.
Though acupuncture is only now becoming widely used in the west, its clinical use in China spans back more than two-thousand years. Due to its long history, acupuncture has undergone significant refinement, enabling it to be become precise and more clinically relevant than ever. Over the years, techniques have been passed down from one generation to the next through written texts, and by word of mouth, documenting the details of how to treat specific diseases. The depth of work held within Chinese medicine makes nearly any other system of medicine in the world small in comparison, and as acupuncture continues to evolve through its blossoming in the west, we can substantiate many of its teachings through western clinical trials.