“So, does acupuncture actually work?”, they ask me. Even if they don’t ask, many people think it. Until you experience the benefits of acupuncture, it’s really a fair question to ask. After all, sticking hair-thin needles into various points on the body to heal it doesn’t necessarily fall within the contexts of our western minds. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few links to research about acupuncture and how it works.
Acupuncture releases the feel good hormones known as endorphins (an old research paper, but still a good one)
The National Institute of Health has also issued a Consensus Statement on Acupuncture stating: “Acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.”¹
¹ NIH Consensus Conference. Acupuncture. JAMA 1998;280:1518-24