Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points on carefully chosen energy pathways, or meridians. The points are chosen for their various functions such as clearing heat, relieving stagnation, or harmonizing the flow of Qi in the body. We feel our best when our Qi is plentiful, flowing freely and in balance.
Acupuncture is based on the Chinese medicine concept of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is energy that flows along distinct pathways in the body, similar to the pathways of the nerves and blood vessels. These pathways, also called channels or meridians, connect to specific organs in the body, such as the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, or kidneys. Acupuncturists use a variety of diagnostic methods in formulating an appropriate acupuncture and herbal prescription. This commonly includes taking a patient's pulse, looking at their tongue, and inquiring about their various symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on harmonizing the body. An acupuncturist not only treats the current health condition, but treats the constitutional imbalances that may be the root cause of this condition. Correcting these constitutional imbalances brings homeostasis to the whole body, strengthening not just the immune system, but the digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems. This comprehensive approach to increasing resilience makes acupuncture and herbal medicine not only helpful in relieving one's current symptoms, but also very effective preventive health care.