Acupuncture has been adopted and incorporated into medical practices all over the world, combining traditional knowledge with recent scientific knowledge from the biomedical sciences.

How does acupuncture work?

The human body can be looked at from three different perspectives: mechanical, biochemical and electric/energetic. It is the electrical/energetic perspective that is very well understood in the east and is being more understood and studied in the west.

Your body has a micro current of electricity running through it, which is a result of electrons moving around from all of the biochemical reactions that take place in your body. Without the movement of these electrons we would not be alive. These currents of electricity are measured in common tests performed by medical doctors where electrodes are placed on various parts of your body such as in an EKG to test for heart function or EEG to test for brain function. Acupuncture needles affect the electrical/energetic activity of the area, which is being treated and thereby assists in healing.

What is the evidence for acupuncture?

Considerable scientific evidence supports that natural painkillers or opioids are released during acupuncture, which explain its pain killing effects. Changes in blood flow due to altered secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones have also been documented.

Needle Acupuncture

Traditionally acupuncture involves the insertion of sterilized needles into acupuncture points. These needles are about the thickness of a hair. We will often put small electrodes on the end of the needle once it is inserted. This allows us to pass a small electrical current through the needle and into the area that we are targeting.


Acupuncture Council of Ontario
College of Medical Acupuncture