The basis of Chinese medicine revolves around the basic principle of yin and yang which are two opposing energy forces that reside inside the body.
One way to reach this balance is through the practice of acupuncture which is the practice of placing needles into meridian points along the body.
Once the two forces are balanced then the body is able to achieve both wellness and health.
Acupuncture also can involve the manipulation of the needles and the use of heat therapy as heat is supposed to allow energy to flow freely throughout the blocked body allowing for better energy and less disease.
One such theory suggests that acupuncture works because it stimulates the production and release of endorphins in the body along with other natural painkillers.
The science of acupuncture first reached America between the 50s and the 60s with its rise to public knowledge occurring in the 70’s. Since the first article on acupuncture, scientists have tried to align the principles of acupuncture with Western medicines focus on healing and the human anatomy.
This may be the reason why acupuncture has been found useful in treating addiction, mental states, and depression as it alters the body’s chemistry without the use of prescription dugs.