The Acupuncture points are on pathways of energy called meridians through which “Qi” or life energy flows. Acupuncture has been used in China for over 3000 years to correct the flow of Qi through the meridians. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, symptoms occur. Chinese Medicine connects symptoms to underlying patterns of disharmony. These patterns are treated with very specific acupuncture points and Chinese herbal prescriptions. Chinese Medicine can treat the underlying cause of illness to alleviate symptoms as well as prevent future illness by promoting harmony and balance within the body.
Many studies have documented the positive effects acupuncture can have on many illnesses. Some studies suggest that acupuncture invokes an analgesic effect by somehow altering the body’s own pain-relieving opiate system. Another theory suggests that acupuncture may regulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands resulting in a broad range of systemic effects including changes in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and changes in the blood flow.