East Asian medicine views the body as a whole system. This system of medicine has been in use for more than 3,000 years. One of the foundations of Asian Medicine is the belief that each person, each living thing, has “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’), or life energy. This energy flows through the body in streams of energy known as meridians or channels. These meridians are related to hundreds of points on the skin. These points are known as acupoints. Pain or illness can result when blockages or disharmonies occur in the meridians and the flow of energy is disrupted.
Acupuncture is the strategic placement of ultra thin needles into the points that correspond to the patients condition. The needles are about as thin as the width of one strand of hair and are generally painless when inserted. The goal of an acupuncture appointment is to renew the healthy flow of qi and to restore the body to balance.