|Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most
commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Acupuncture is based on the traditional
Chinese concept of Qi or Chi energy. Qi encompasses all vital activities (spiritual,
emotional, mental and physical), and it is the "life force" within all living
A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body. If the flow
of energy along certain pathways throughout the body is blocked or insufficient for some
reason, illness or pain may result. Possible reasons cited for obstructing the flow of Qi
include internal or emotional disturbances, external factors, imbalances in diet, and
stress. Stimulation by acupuncture is said to remove these blockages by diffusing lactic
acid and carbon monoxide that accumulates in muscle tissue. These accumulations are
believed to cause stagnation of blood and stiffness throughout the body.
When the pathways are cleared, energy flows freely and the body's life force is
considered balanced, producing an optimal state of health and well-being.