Acupuncture is a gentle yet powerful tool for helping you recover from stress, pain and illness. In this video I answer the question, "What do the needles do?", and talk in plain terms about how acupuncture works. Acupuncture allows the practitioner, the Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), to communicate with your body through the language of sensation, a language your body understands. To administer acupuncture successfully I must first insert the hair-thin needle as painlessly as possible, and then the therapeutic part begins. Then I will create a mild sensation that may be experienced as tingling, pulling, moving, a mild dull ache, heat, coolness or spreading. Your nervous system then picks up this stimulus and the different points being stimulated collectively creates a message to your body to do 3 main things: 1) Adjust sensation 2) Regulate circulation 3) Recalibrate feedback loops Adjusting sensation means positively affecting things like pain, nausea, dizziness, fullness, anxiety, etc. Regulating circulation means improving blood flow through a restricted area or bringing blood flow to an area lacking it, such as an old injury or cold hands and feet. Recalibrating feedback loops refers to helping your body to recover from out of balance cycles, such as hormonal cycles, sleep cycles and digestive cycles. In these ways acupuncture allows me to "speak" to the body in it's own language, in a way which sends a clear message to promote a healing response. The body is designed to survive but with a little stimulation in the right way, we can remind it that it also has the intelligence to heal itself. I would love to hear of your experience with acupuncture! Let me know about it in the comments below.