What is Acupuncture?
The theory of acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee), the vital force or energy of the human body. According to TCM, Qi is circulated in all parts of the body via energy channels or pathways called meridians. This energy flow is more or less similar to the circulatory system and nervous system. In case, there is an interruption or blockage or imbalance in the flow of Qi in the meridians, it causes pain and illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Various factors affect the smooth flow of Qi, such as injury, poor nutrition or improper diet, organ malfunction or infection by harmful microorganisms. Other factors that disturb the balanced flow of Qi are extreme climatic conditions (cold, wind, heat), as well as the emotional state (pleasure, dejection, stress) of an individual.
Acupuncture restores the balance, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.