Acupuncture is a centuries old form of Chinese medicine that has found a strong footing in today’s holistic approach to modern medicine. Practitioners of acupuncture have used this noninvasive form of medicine to treat millions of people. It is a painless, safe and effective way of treating a host of medical problems.
Acupuncture focuses on the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. This Qi protects the body from illness and pain. The quality, quantity and balance of Qi influence the overall health of the individual.
Qi flows through the body along meridians. Each meridian is connected to specific organs and glands. An accurate analogy of Qi is that of a river. Where a river flows, the area surrounding it is fertile and well nourished. Like a river, Qi provides nourishment to the human body. When Qi is blocked in one part of the body, other parts of the body can be affected and cut off vital nourishment.
Many factors can interrupt the flow of Qi through the body: physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents or excessive activity. When a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body usually heals itself. When blockages are prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness or pain may occur.
Acupuncture works by relieving the blockages and returning the flow of Qi to the body.