Each person has their own energy, and in order to maintain good health, it is essential for the body’s energy and blood to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner.
The pathways through which the energy flows through the organs and body tissues are known as the meridians. The energy flowing through the meridians is referred to as Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).
The human body is similar to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any circuit, it must be in good working order if it is to function effectively. It’s when the circuit ceases to work properly that the body succumbs to disease.
There are over 500 acupuncture points in the human body, and they all lie along the meridians. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points, to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points through other methods, such as moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase the capacity of the body, to cope with stress.