What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture is based on the idea that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (chee) or energy. Qi is circulated through the body via energy pathways called meridians. Each of these meridians through which Qi flows is linked to an internal organ system. There are over 1,000 acupoints on the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. Acupuncture addresses illness by finding and repairing low levels and blockages of Qi in the body. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through stimulation of specific points on the body. Special needles are inserted into these acupoints, which are located just below the skin. These needles help correct the flow of energy.
What can acupuncture treat?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute of Health, and clinical experience, acupuncture is useful for (but not limited to):
- Acute and chronic pain (injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, etc.)
- Addiction disorders (smoking, alcohol, weight loss)
- Supportive therapy