Acupuncture or Zhen jiu in Chinese is an ancient system of treating and preventing disease developed in China. It has at least 4000 years of history and is based on the balance of the vital energy of the body called Qi (chi). Qi follows consistent pathways through the body connecting the outer skin and muscles to inner organs. By inserting very thin sterile needles into the skin and underlying tissues, a well-trained acupuncturist can manipulate the flow of qi and improve the target health issue.
How does it treat disease?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine diseases are generally classified as excess or deficiency of qi. The manipulation of qi along its pathways in the body allows the physician to regulate its flow, reducing excesses and increasing the deficient. Obstructed pathways which are usually responsible for pain are also freed through manipulations.
Restoring harmony in the qi pathways stimulates the body to heal its injuries thus treating the root cause of the disease.