Most simply stated it is the oldest form of medicine known to mankind. Acupuncture consists of stimulating designated points below the skin by the insertion of needles, application of heat (moxibustion), or a combination of the two. Chinese Medicine is based on the discovery that certain points (areas) just below the skin are related to internal body organs and specific bodily functions.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Most Traditional thought tells us acupuncture works through stimulation of Chi. This substance Chi is known as life energy or vital source. The Theory of Acupuncture states that the cause of all symptoms lies in an imbalance of this life energy. By the insertion of the needle into certain acupuncture points, sometimes located far from the site of symptons, the acupuncturists can treat disease by balancing the Chi. The Chi flows through the body in meridians (channels) on which the acupuncture points lie.