You’ve probably read many different articles describing how acupuncture works, each with varying degrees of accuracy, or believability.
Put simply, acupuncture promotes the body’s ability to activate it’s own healing mechanisms. Science is learning how it all works.
When a needle crosses the skin barrier, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) is activated. This HPA axis governs healing and the stress response. Effective placement of acupuncture needles in a dysfunctional region of the body activates a healing response, called homeostasis. Among other effects, acupuncture encourages the release of anti-inflammatory properties, increases blood flow to chronically painful areas, and restores their normal function.