(The following info are gathered from my own training experience, please for any serious and medical inquiry contact your doctor, take my advice as what it is!)
I gotta be honest, I was very skeptical walking into this Acupuncture Clinic today. Always been paranoid about needles, fainted couple times while getting blood drawn, I'm not gonna lie, I considered to walk out of the office and go back home lol. But I was very curious to try it, since everyone I talked to about it, was very enthusiastic. Every once in awhile my back muscles tense and get mad at me for stretching them like I do, so for the last year I had couple chiropractor's visits, lots of hot baths, some massages, creams etc. Today I was like: Acupuncture is what I didn't try yet! I had a pleasent experience. I can't say one visit solved it all, but definitely I felt different once I left the office. The side of my back that was in pain was finally relaxing. In Eastern culture, they say acupuncture acts on balancing the body's energy channels, here's the Western view (the one that convinced me the most!)
"Definition of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
Explanation of How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.
The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system."
My back from today :)