Modern science has not been able to prove the existence of these energy lines. What is clear however is that the stimulation of acupuncture points sends impulses along the nerves to the spinal cord and the brain, setting up reflex patterns. Needling certain points can also cause the release of a number of hormones into the system. Firstly Endorphins may be released. These are the body’s own painkillers and anti-inflammatory agents.
Secondly, Serotonin levels may be increased, having a direct effect on mood and often causing an increased sense of well-being.