Acupuncture involves using paper-thin stainless steel needles to access and move energy, which is called qi (pronounced chee) through a series of points on the body that lie on channels, also known as meridians. These channels flow through us, connecting all aspects of our being from body to mind and spirit.
In Chinese medicine, illness, whether manifesting with physical, mental or emotional symptoms results when qi becomes stuck, preventing the smooth flow of energy through these channels. For example, a build-up of mucus in the sinuses causing allergies; an inability to digest properly resulting in bloating and constipation; the feeling of palpitations in the chest often associated with anxiety; or a sense of heaviness in the body causing fatigue can all be seen as manifestations of “stuck qi.”
By supporting a more balanced flow of qi through the body, acupuncture helps alleviate a wide variety of symptoms and creates greater ease of movement through life.
The National Institutes of Health endorses acupuncture for the treatment of several conditions including:
Chemotherapy side effects and immune system support
Post-operative dental pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Lower back pain
Irritable bowel syndrome