How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture Answers

Acupuncture is one medical therapy that is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves using needles to stimulate specific points on the body. These points lie on meridians or pathways that carry vital energy (Qi or Chi) throughout the body.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the theory of acupuncture, blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi disrupt the body’s internal and external environment leading to disharmony and illness. By stimulating acupuncture points, practitioners aim to clear up blockages and restore the patient’s health and vitality.

Understanding Acupuncture

Another way to understand acupuncture is to the think of the body as made up of many systems. We have the cardiovascular, circulatory, and respiratory system to name a few. Acupuncture utilizes the meridian system as its main diagnostic tool. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Qi, the body’s vital energy, flows through the meridian system of the body. When imbalances in the flow of Qi happen in one or more systems of the body, illness can ensue and various symptoms ranging from pain, headaches, infertility, or even autoimmune disease can occur. Once the imbalance in Qi is determined small disposable sterile needles are inserted into specific points along a meridian to restore the body’s delicate balance. This generally happens over a serious of acupuncture treatments.

There are over 350 acupuncture points that are located on various meridians that carry Qi throughout the body. Each point has its own therapeutic value and is selected as part of a prescription to restore the balance in the various systems of the body.