|Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Oriental medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history for over 3000 years. Working with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things, acupuncture promotes the body’s ability to heal itself. |
How does it work?
Oriental medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine.
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the preventive and healing elements of disease, practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. For instance, disease is considered to arise from, or as a result of, a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along these meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has measured electrical charges at these points, thus corroborating the existence and locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.