Does Acupuncture Work? How, Why and Other Options You Should Consider

Acupuncture may seem like hocus pocus, but recent scientific studies confirm what the Chinese have known for over 2,500 years: acupuncture works!

The Chinese have used acupuncture for thousands of years, and now Western medicine has proved that it does work! Try acupuncture for pain, digestive distress, headaches and more.

Energy, or Qi

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an approach to wellness that is based on energy, known as qi (pronounced CHEE). TCM believes that qi travels through your body in certain energy pathways called meridians. Illness and symptoms occur when these meridians become blocked.

By inserting thin needles into specific points along your meridians, a licensed acupuncturist can improve the flow of qi, relieve your symptoms and enhance your health.

So Does It Work?

Recent clinical studies prove that acupuncture does work!

The Mayo Clinic found that acupuncture significantly improves fibromyalgia symptoms including pain, anxiety and fatigue.1 Another study reports that acupuncture is effective in adults with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.2

Acupuncture can address a multitude of symptoms, including:

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • PMS symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Menopause
  • Nausea associated with pregnancy and chemotherapy
  • Digestive distress

Researchers are not entirely sure why acupuncture is so effective, but they do know that traditional Chinese acupuncture causes your body to release endorphins, natural pain-relievers that act like opium to ease discomfort.3

Some people who choose acupuncture treatment experience complete relief in one or two sessions; others make regular appointments for more chronic problems.
You can even use acupuncture as preventative medicine and go in for weekly or regular “tune ups.”

EFT: A Needle-Free Alternative

While most patients say that they do not feel the needles used in acupuncture, if you want a needle-free alternative, try Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT taps on specific emotional acupressure points on your body to stimulate your flow of qi.

EFT is a quick, painless and effective way to feel better in minutes!

Founded by Gary Craig, the Emotional Freedom Techniques can help you clear your stuck energy, helping rid yourself of pain, addiction, and disease.

Learn more about how your emotions affect your health and read Would You Like to “Clean” Yourself Emotionally? Then Start by Apologizing!

Support Your Qi to Support Your Health

Acupuncture and EFT are excellent ways to complement your Body Ecology program. Find out how you can create energy to heal, naturally! Order your copy of The Body Ecology Diet today and get a free bonus!

We love acupuncture and EFT at Body Ecology because they support our goal of creating energy. As Donna Gates says, “In order to heal, before anything else, you must create energy.”

With acupuncture and EFT, you can unblock stuck energy so that your qi flows in a way that supports natural health. The same is true with the healing foods on the Body Ecology program. To learn more about how the Body Ecology program helps you create energy for healing, read: The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates.

Whether you have acute symptoms or just want to enhance wellbeing, acupuncture and EFT both tap into your body’s wisdom.

While the Western world is just now catching on to the ancient concept of qi, you can use both acupuncture and EFT as amazing ways to complement your Body Ecology program and exercise routine.

And what could be better than increasing your energy and health, naturally?


  1. Hitti, Miranda, “Study: Acupuncture Helps Fibromyalgia,” WebMD.com.
  2. “Acupuncture relieves pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis,” NIH.gov,
    20 Dec 2004.
    “Brain imaging suggests acupuncture works, study says,”CNN.com, 1 Dec 1999.
  3. Okie, Susan, “Study Aims to Pinpoint How Acupuncture Works,” WashingtonPost.com, 27 Dec 2000.
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