Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting sterile disposable needles and applying heat or very mild electostimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

How Acupuncture Works

The classical Chinese explanation is that the channels of energy "QI" (pronounced "chee" ) run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These patterns called meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up a flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction at the dam and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production, activities, and circulation of energy throughout the meridians.