“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization
In today’s society, you pay a doctor when you get sick. In ancient China, the approach was dramatically different: the Emperor’s doctor would only earn his pay when the royal family was healthy. The Chinese system worked that way, because doctors were expected to maintain one’s health and wellness through prevention. Doctors helped patients stay healthy by focusing on the interconnectedness of the seasons, emotions, diet, lifestyle, and activity of the individual.
Acupuncture is one of the most well-known techniques in arsenal of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used to normalize the energy flow in the body. Most cultures recognize the existence of a life force or energy referred to as prana, spirit, vital force, ether, mana, qi, or ki. In Chinese medicine, the energy is called Qi (pronounced chee); it flows through energy pathways called meridians, located all throughout the body. Each of the 12 major meridians corresponds to a single organ and is associated with different seasons, elements, emotions, colors, and patterns of imbalance.
The energy collects in certain points on the meridians, and it is these points that acupuncturists target when they treat a patient. There are over 365 known acupuncture points and various extra points, and each point has different indications and functions. Any imbalance or blockage in a pathway results in energy stagnation and usually pain. Needling the point helps restore the energy flow thus addressing the condition.Sign up for our monthly acupuncture newsletter
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