October 10, 2010

What is Acupuncture?

So what is acupuncture in under 150 words...

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which was developed in China over 3000 years ago. It is based on the concept of Qi (or chi) which is the vital life force that flows in our bodies through an energetic network of channels that are called meridians.

When the Qi or energy flows freely through the channels we experience health and well being. However, when the flow of energy gets blocked that is when discomfort, pain or ill health present themselves.

There is an old Chinese saying that illustrates this point well which translates: 'Pain, no free flow. Free flow, no pain'. So what we try to do with acupuncture is to restore the free flow of the Qi throughout the body. By doing that we can eliminate the symptomatic manifestations of the obstruction of energy flow, i.e. pain, discomfort etc , achieve balance and regain health.

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