In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi is an energy that flows through the body along fourteen different channels. Very tiny, hair-fine acupuncture needles can be inserted into specific points along the channels to stimulate Qi. The needles are usually kept in the skin for less than thirty minutes.
There are two main theories as to how it works. According to conventional medicine acupuncture stimulates the release of chemicals that dull pain and boost the immune system. According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture aids in the body’s natural healing abilities by balancing Qi.
Studies suggest that acupuncture can help treat:
- Addiction and depression
- Head, back and neck pain
- Fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis pain
- Morning sickness and other forms of nausea
- Pain from surgery