Chinese medicine looks at the cause of pain differently. With 12 meridians flowing through the body, Chinese medicine sees the flow of Qi (think energy) and Blood moving through these channels. When this flow is disrupted through trauma or injury, pain results.
The mechanisms underlying how acupuncture is so effective for treating pain have been researched extensively for over 60 years. While there is still much left to learn about acupuncture mechanisms and the human body in general, the neural pathways from acupuncture point stimulation, to the spinal cord to the deactivation of the pain centers in the brain have been mapped. (1; 2)
Another study titled ‘Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: an Update and Critical Overview’ concluded that “mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat chronic low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, as well as headaches. (3)