Acupuncture consists of acupuncture and various complementary methods such as moxibustion, electroacupuncture, gua sha, cupping, etc. The acupuncture points are located on energy pathways through which the Qi, blood and bodily fluids flow. These are connected to the organ circuits and systems. At the site of the puncture and in its immediate vicinity, stimulation is produced that directly stimulates the pathway and the associated structures and organ circuits. Energy and substances are moved and directed in one direction.
But what happens from an anatomical point of view when an acupuncture needle is inserted?
The acupuncture points are located close to nerve-vascular bundles or their passage through muscle fascia or bone structures. When the needle is inserted, transmitter substances are released which lead to an increase in blood flow, an anti-inflammatory effect and thus to an acceleration of healing processes. Shortly before the injection, the body usually enters astate of tension, as acupuncture is an invasive method and may cause nervousness or wet hands. However, these reactions are completely normal and after the short tension caused by the needle insertion, the treatment leads to pleasant relaxation that is clearly noticeable during and after the acupuncture.