How Does Acupuncture Work

Acupuncture is an ancient holistic wellness practice. It is classified as oriental medicine because it was first practiced in Asia thousands of years ago. The proponents of Acupuncture call it a miracle practice. It is used to improve the quality of life by curing a wide range of mental conditions like depression. It is also used to cure physical discomforts like headaches, morning sickness, and more. For someone new to Acupuncture, many basic questions come to mind such as, How does Acupuncture work, how does Acupuncture work to relieve pain, how long does Acupuncture take to relieve symtoms.

1. How Does Acupuncture Work

At the root of Acupuncture treatment is the philosophy of Qi pronounced as “chee”. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the human body is filled and powered by with an invisible force called Qi. When Qi flows well and goes to all the right places, then a person experiences good mental and physical health. When the Qi flows incorrectly the results is an unwell body. A balanced Qi is vital to our good physical and mental health. Acupuncture works to make the body healthy by restoring the balance of Qi within the body. The concept of Qi makes sense in modern medicine too. We can think of Qi as the body’s natural inner workings. It goes without saying that our inner and outer worlds are deeply connected. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate nerves and muscles which in turn release natural pain-relieving chemicals. The aim is to unlock your energy channels to restore the flow of your Qi.

2. How does Acupuncture work to relieve pain

Acupuncture divides the human body into a series of zones and pressure points. Within these zones are pressure points called acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles are inserted into these pressure points, depending on symptoms and ailment. These needle points are usually near nerves in the body. Each needle produces a tiny injury at the insertion site. The injury is slight enough to cause little to no discomfort. These insertion points signal the body to respond by stimulating the nerves. In response the nerves release hormones, such as endorphins response. This response stimulates the immune system. It also promotes circulation to the treated area. Thus, this stimulation of the immune system and circulation system relieves symptoms and brings relief. In essence, inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.

Acupuncture treatment also claims to remove negative energy that causes pain. 

Acupuncture Treatment in Progress

3. How long does Acupuncture take to work

It is hard to say how long it takes for an acupuncture treatment to work. The nature of treatment and number of sessions required depend on many factors such as: 

  1. How chronic the injury is
  2. How old the injury is 
  3. What the symptoms are
  4. What the level of pain is 
  5. How old(or young) person is 

 In addition to these factors,  There are many other variables that contribute to how effective the treatment is, and how long it takes for it to work. Usually the more chronic the injury, the longer it will take. The more recent the injury, the faster the acupuncture will work. Frequency of the treatment also makes a huge difference. The more you do it the better you feel.  The age sometimes also makes a difference. The younger you are, the faster you heal.


There is no short answer to how Acupuncture works and how long does Acupuncture takes to show results . It certainly is not a quick fix to any medical condition. It requires commitment and patience. Typically many sessions of treatment are needed. Since the diagnosis is different for each person, the number of sessions required vary. Some people only need one session. Others may need more sessions to achieve the desired health benefit.

 Frequency of sessions can vary too. Sessions can be as little as once a week or as often as daily. 

IMPORTANT : Only a licensed Acupuncture practitioner should be trusted to assess and diagnose a health condition and create a treatment plan.  

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