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How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s innate ability to heal itself by promoting a balanced flow of energy. The body’s vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows through energy pathways called meridians throughout the body. Excessive or deficient qi in these channels or their pertaining organs may result in illness or disease. Acupuncture restores health by promoting a balanced flow of qi through the channels, increasing its strength where it is weak and releasing excessive accumulation where there is congestion.

According to Western scientific observation, acupuncture has been shown to have a number of well-documented effects including the release of endorphins and eckanephlins, neurochemicals that decrease stress and diminish pain. Acupuncture also has well-documented effects on increasing the function of the systems of the body, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory and digestive to name a few.

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