Medical Acupuncture is a precise nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into defined anatomical sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system, in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available.
Medical Acupuncture is mechanism-based, not disease-based. Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Sometimes Medical Acupuncture treatments result in immediate disappearance of the symptoms, and other times results in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the main problem.
This intervention is similar to exercise in that it elicits existing available regulatory mechanisms through the up-regulation and down-regulation of specific cellular processes. In simple terms, neurofunctional acupuncture aims at stimulating nerves in order to aid the body in healing itself!