What Is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a medical modality that is part of the Traditional Chinese medical system. Acupuncture works on the theory that Qi/Chi (the body’s vital life energy) flows through the body via channels or meridians. Another way to view this is that the channel or meridian system is the body’s energetic circulatory system where vital energy or “Qi/Chi” flows.

Each meridian connects with one or more of the body’s internal organs as well as other systems throughout the body. When the body’s systems are not in balance, disease and illness occur. Symptoms range from pain, infertility, irregular menstruation, headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety to autoimmune disorders. Utilizing the meridian/channel system as the primary diagnostic tool TCM practitioners are able to determine where the imbalance arises from.

Once the imbalance has been determined small, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles are inserted strategically along specific meridians that correspond to the system that is experiencing disharmony. There are over 350 acupuncture points that have their own therapeutic effect and are selected according to each individual’s signs and symptoms as part of an acupuncture point prescription to treat a patient’s overall health.