“The means whereby man is created, the means whereby disease occurs, the means whereby man is cured, the means whereby diseases arise : the 12 meridians are the basis for all theory and treatment.”
- Huang Di Nei Jing,
Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, 500BC
For 5,000 years the Chinese have known that the body has a meridian system where Qi circulates, much like water flowing through streams and rivers.
Acupuncture points are located on these meridians. These points respond to any change of flow of Qi. Acupuncture therapy stimulates these points in order to promote balance and harmony on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It helps the body to correct itself by re-alignment or re-direction of Qi, restoring body and mind to an equilibrium.
Some conditions such as digestive issues, hay fever, headaches, menstrual problems, immune system, fertility, common cold, respiratory conditions and emotional stress can be treated with acupuncture.
Most often people associate acupuncture with pain. There is an analgesic function or pain-relieving function to acupuncture because it regulates and promotes circulation of qi and blood by removing the blockages and restoring the Qi, thus releasing constriction of the tissues.
Computer imaging of the brain during an acupuncture treatment showed dynamic activity taking place in many regions and structures within the brain. This modern research indicated that stimulating an acupuncture point causes an increase in the production of endorphins, as well as, activating the immune and endocrine systems.