What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the primary, and perhaps the best known, treatments used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in your body. Over many years, practitioners of TCM have mapped out your body’s 12 main meridians, pathways that carry Qi (vital life energy pronounced ‘chee’) throughout your body. Each meridian is connected to one specific organ, or group of organs, that govern particular bodily functions. Acupuncture points are located along these meridians and promotes your body’s healing abilities by regulating the flow of Qi through these meridians. Illness results when Qi stagnates or is blocked, or when your body has too little, or too much of it. When Qi flows freely, well-being is restored.