The classical explanation of how Acupuncture works is based on the theory of Qi flow. Qi is the vital energy that circulates through the body. It is the invigorating force that provides us with the ability to talk, walk, think, metabolize, dream, and love. Qi also keeps us healthy and strong, and is an important factor in protecting us from illness, pain and discomfort. It flows through pathways in the body known as meridians to nourish every cell, organ and tissue in the body.
Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, physical or emotional strain, trauma, overexertion, seasonal changes, accidents, or weakness can all lead to blockages of Qi. When it is unable to regain balance, the disruption in Qi can make the body weak, ill, painful and eventually letting disease settle in.
In order to rebalance the Qi, an acupuncturist places sterilized, disposable needles at specific points along the meridian pathways. The safe and painless insertion of the needles unblocks obstructions of the meridians, allowing Qi to freely circulate. This eliminates pain and restores the body’s ability to heal on it’s own.
Equally as important as the insertion of needles, Chinese medicine’s system of diagnosis considers the patient's symptoms, body type, lifestyle, and personal and family medical history as a whole. Chinese medicine is practiced based on distinguishing patterns of disharmony unique to an individual and treating accordingly. Acupuncturists may use a number of additional treatment therapies including, cupping, electro-stimulation, herbal formulas, and moxibustion.
Acupuncture is used to strengthen the physical body, calm the mind, prevent disease, control pain and achieve longevity. The aim of acupuncture is not limited to relieving symptoms, but to increase the quality of life and ability to function.