Updated: May 24
It is a very good question, as western medical science does not have a good explanation other than it releases natural pain-killing molecules and neurotransmitters such as endorphins. It explains, to some degrees, how acupuncture relieves pain, but it does not explain how acupuncture can re-regulate menstrual period, reduce severity of asthma, aid in a variety of digestive issues, or help people sleep better. There are explanations in Chinese, but they don’t translate well to English, as we are looking through a completely different lance.
Acupuncture works by helping the body fall back into a deeper and more stable state of function and balance. Think about how you feel after a deep restful night of sleep, or if you have been doing things you love outdoors on a perfect spring day, or if you have a fight with someone you love and now every little thing is off. We know from our own experience that there are states of being where we feel vital and life itself simply flows through us. Acupuncture can bring us to that kind of state where our body, with its innate intelligence, simply moves us into greater state of health and wellbeing. You could say our bodies and minds have a blueprint for health. Acupuncture helps us to reconnect with that blueprint for health by bringing a deeper balance to our neurological and endocrinological systems.
Some people say it’s like magic. It is not magic. It is medicine. You don’t need to believe in it for it to work. I do encourage you to bring an inquiring mind and judge the effectiveness by yourself based on the results that you get.