What is Acupuncture?
In order to understand acupuncture one must first understand qi. (pronounced “chee”) According to Traditional Chinese Medical theory our bodies have energy flowing through them. The energy, referred to as qi, flows into our bodies from the sky above, from the earth below, as well as through the air we breathe and the food we eat. The qi flows through 14 main channels in the body and each of these is associated with a specific organ. When the channel becomes blocked the qi cannot flow. Consider a bridge that leads to a village. If the bridge is out of commission imagine the traffic backing up along the road. This is similar to the stagnation of energy in our body. And then imagine that there is a truck filled with important supplies for the village stuck in the traffic. The village will not receive the supplies and therefore there is a deficiency being caused by this malfunction as well. Acupuncture works on opening up blockages in the channels so that the energy can get to where it needs to go in the body. Acupuncture is an ancient technique of inserting hair-thin needles called acufibers into active points along the channels of energy. Legend has it that acupuncture is 4,000 to 5,000 years old.