Acupuncture Benefits: how needles can help you!

Acupuncture on back

Acupuncture Benefits? Why not just take that medication from your doctor? Why bother seeing an acupuncturist and get pins stuck in you? What can pins do that drugs can’t?


Yinyang symbol for balance helping you understand acupuncture benefits
TaiQi symbol of yin and yang

Here’s why. See the image above, the Yin/Yang symbol? It shows balance: the white part is as big as the black part. The white dot is the same size as the black dot. They are exactly equal and opposite. And as one ends, the other begins, so they turn into each other, balance each other, oppose each other and depend on each other.


Acupuncturist taking the case
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Balance between Yin and Yang

Everything in Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory comes down to the balance, in your body, between Yin and Yang.

If Yang is too big compared to Yin, you’ll have too much heat, or movement, or noise, or smell or colour.

If Yin prevails, you’ll be too slow, too soft, too dependent, too cold, too pale, and you’ll probably feel weak.

Once your condition has been diagnosed properly in terms of Chinese medicine, acupuncture needles carefully placed in appropriate points will gently lead the excess Yin or Yang away and bring you to balance.

Then your acupuncturist will want to strengthen you so you’re less likely to get ill or stressed again – and again.

So acupuncture benefits come from

  • understanding your condition in a new way, one that often helps you change it
  • diagnosing your condition so you get correct treatment
  • economically treating you with acupuncture needles (much cheaper than drugs, though you may have to pay the acupuncturist)
  • not needing medication, so very few side-effects
  • often, pleasantly relaxing you during treatment
  • usually, seeing the same practitioner every time
  • getting better, so you don’t need further treatment and don’t become dependent on medication
  • usually finding that benefits come not just in pain levels but in your ability to do things and enjoy life more: acupuncture wellness!


Acupuncture Benefits of Qi

Qi, it is believed in Chinese medicine, is the basic stuff of the universe from which everything is made. It goes even further than Einstein’s expression that Energy = Mass x the Speed of Light Squared.

To be understood, Qi is divided into two, and balancing your Yin and Yang is the point of acupuncture.

If acupuncture can encourage your body to develop its resources to maintain your Yin and Yang energies within acceptable limits, then your life should proceed more smoothly than otherwise.

Why? Because, for instance, when you get hot, from inclement weather, exertion or other circumstances, your body will have the ability to cool your down. Conversely, if you are too cold, it will be able to warm you.

It will also have the ability to maintain your life when you meet disease and to mend you when you are wounded.

More importantly, it will enable you to laugh and to love, to enjoy life and being loved, to sing, dance and work agreeably. Also, of course to  move as you would wish, to exercise, to do sports, to explore. And mentally it will keep you sharp.

Eventually it will allow you to die gracefully, remembered with fondness and gratitude by those who knew you or benefited from your life. Then the bit of the Universe’s Qi that was you will transform into the next phase of the dance, enriched by what you did.


Still Life by Janette Lassen
Still Life by Janette Lassen

Until then and in the meantime, perhaps you’ll be able to enjoy how acupuncture benefits Still Life!

This picture is by Jeanette Lassen, who was an admired Scottish colourist.

Acupuncture Effectiveness

To read more about benefits of acupuncture, do please read our page on acupuncture effectiveness. But also, please check our page on acupuncture side-effects! Also, see Research.

As an acupuncturist, I rely on theory to help me to repeat results in a scientific manner. There’s plenty of acupuncture theory, also of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory.

Importantly, I believe – because the theory works – that acupuncture points lie on acupuncture channels, which explain a whole lot more than just the points themselves.

And our ill-health can be explained not just in terms of the channels but also in terms of what are called syndromes.

Research on acupuncture benefits
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That’s quite a lot to read!

Perhaps, then, you will also be able to enjoy a gentle Habanera to give you true Acupuncture Wellness!

The Habanera shown below is not the famous one from Carmen by Bizet; this one is by Emmanuel Chabrier.

Click on this link to hear it. It’s in a recording by Marcelle Meyer. If it doesn’t play, it may be your browser doesn’t support the link. In that case, do a youtube search for Habanera Marcelle Meyer.

Playing it well isn’t easy, I’ve found. (Unfortunately, no amount of acupuncture makes any difference. Also, I sit on a piano stool once thought to have been used by Edvard Grieg, the famous Norwegian composer and pianist. That doesn’t work, either.) 


The piece was originally written in 1885 and then adapted by Chabrier for the orchestra: listen carefully and enjoy the rich sounds he orchestrated. Also, of course, it’s a wonderfully melody.

With good smooth-flowing Qi, you won’t feel stressed or, to be more precise, you will be able to enjoy your stressful moments and use the energy your stressful symptoms provide to work through problems.

Trapped Stress Energy can be Yours to Use

In fact, my book on Qi Stagnation, see in right panel, shows how stress can be used positively in life, helping you to see where your life has been stagnating and so what may be the best actions to take to resolve your problem.

The theory of Chinese medicine, and one of the great acupuncture benefits, as explained in the book, shows how at various stages of any process, whether it be during your work, in a new venture, in a learned technique, even at a charity celebration, and certainly in your life, there are energies at work.

Understand those forces and the forces behind them and your life may become clearer.

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2 Responses

  1. I like that you mentioned that acupuncture treatment can actually be quite relaxing during the process. Seeing such procedures on TV made me think about how it doesn’t seem to hurt much having that many needles on one’s back. Perhaps I should try an acupuncture treatment myself in the future and see for myself how it would feel.

    1. People vary hugely in their reaction to acupuncture needles.

      For most, any discomfort is minimal, and probably mostly in the mind or exacerbated by anxiety: this means that after the first needles are inserted, the patient relaxes and subsequent needles produce much less reaction.

      Certain locations on the body have few nerves so feel less: others are rich in nerves, so feel more.

      The needles used are much thinner than those of a hypodermic syringe so slide in much more easily.

      Practitioner technique also contributes to the experience.

      The overall effect also varies, depending on the aim of treatment. If the aim is to relax, patients often enter an almost hypnogogic state with much higher alpha wave brain activity which besides being restful contributes to a healing response.

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