Classical acupuncture is a vast body of ancient knowledge collected and compiled over many centuries by the Chinese. It is a system for treating pain using fine needles inserted into specific points on the body. “Anatomical” acupuncture refers to the approach taken today by western-trained physicians in China and many parts of the western world wherein one combines knowledge of acupuncture with western-learned anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
Each acupuncture point has a different purpose, and each has an effect on specific muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues. Western research studies have found that the key systemic effects of acupuncture include analgesic (pain relief) and anti-inflammatory outcomes. Acupuncture stimulates natural healing responses from the body and can have profound effects through stimulation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.