Acupuncture is ancient Chinese healing technique that involves the insertion of hair-thin, metallic needles at specific points on the body in an attempt to relieve tension and pain. By inserting needles into specific combinations of 2,000 points on the human body, acupuncture unblocks energy pathways, called meridians, allowing the body to return to its homeostatic flow of energy.
Traditional western medicine reasons that acupuncture works by releasing analgesic chemicals in the brain, including opioid peptides, neurotransmitters and endorphins, that stimulate the central nervous system. These naturally occurring chemicals prompt the brain and spinal cord to produce increased sensation, relaxation and energy.
Acupuncture is thought to help with a variety of health problems, including neck pain and back pain.