Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, there are fourteen major energy channels throughout the human body. These energy channels are called meridians, and through these flows a person’s energy, or life force, known as qi (pronounced “chee”).
To have good health, a person’s qi must flow uninterrupted. When that flow is misdirected or impeded, the result is often pain, dysfunction, or illness.
Acupuncture involves the placement of tiny filiform needles into specific areas of the body called acupuncture points. Placing small needles into these areas allows an acupuncturist to manipulate the body’s natural energies by stimulating specific points along the meridians, helping to restore the proper flow of qi.