How Does Acupuncture Work?
Classical Chinese Medicine explains that the body's energy, Qi, circulates inside the body and over its surface in regular patterns through a series of pathways. These energy pathways are called meridians. The meridians connect all the major organs and channel the body's energy just like rivers channeling flowing water throughout the body to nourish, irrigate, and cleanse the tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of these meridians, the energy flow in that part of the body backs up and is restricted to other parts of the body. Pain and illness can result in a region of the body distal to the obstruction where the flow of Qi is compromised or in a region of the body proximal to the obstruction where the Qi is stagnant or over abundant in tissues.
Acupuncture points exist along the meridians in which the body's energy is more easily contacted. The meridians, energy channels, can by influenced by needling these acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles can unblock obstructions and encourage the body to balance the flow of Qi through the meridians and mobilize Qi, blood, and moisture helping to return proper function of the organs, blood vessels, muscles, and tissues.
Acupuncture treatments help the body's internal organs correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production and metabolism and balance the circulation of their energy through the meridians.