What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treats health conditions by stimulating
“acu-points” found at specific locations on the surface
of the body. Acupuncturists stimulate the acu-points by
inserting very thin needles through the skin to produce
physiological effects. Other methods are also used to
stimulate acu-points, such as heat or finger pressure.
The general theory of acupuncture is that proper
physiological function and health depend on the
circulation of nutrients, substances, and energy
called Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network of
“channels” or “meridians.” This network connects
every organ and part of the body, providing balance,
regulation, and coordination of physiological processes.
Pain and ill health result when the low of Qi through the body
is disrupted or blocked.
This can be caused by many things, including disease,
pathogens, trauma/injuries, and medication (side effects),
as well as lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet,
emotions, lack of rest, and stress.
Stimulation of the appropriate acu-points through
acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient,
continuous, and even flow of Qi and other nutrients
throughout the body, restoring health and balance to the body
while relieving pain and other symptoms.