How does acupuncture work?

There is a wealth of theory, opinion and evidence that has built up over hundreds of years seeks to answer this question so summarising it in a few words is difficult.

The traditional theory is that each acupuncture point has a specific qualities or energetic properties.  In illness or injury, the smooth flow of energy, Qi, is disrupted and needs to be corrected.  Acupuncture allows the practitioner to manipulate Qi by needling the appropriate points and allowing the energy to flow freely once more.  This could be considered along similar terms to water flow managed by a sluice or flood gate.

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