For thousands of years in China, acupuncture has been performed on animals and humans. According to modern research, acupoints are located in areas of the body with a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels and small arterioles. Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.
Pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, immuno-regulation, anti-inflammatory effects, GI motility, and antifebrile effects are a few of the positive physiological effects studies show to be induced by acupuncture.
Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective in conditions such as musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, quality of life, cancer and hospice care, along with several other chronic conditions.