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Acupuncture is the process of inserting and manipulating needles into specified points on the body. The process can adjust and alter the body’s energy flow- Qi into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illness and health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment.
The basis of Acupuncture is an energy force running throughout the body. This energy force is known as Qi. The Qi consists of all essential life activities, which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. A person’s health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, an imbalance causing an illness may occur.
Qi travels throughout the body along “Meridians” or special pathways. There are twelve main meridians, eight extra meridians and fifteen collaterals running vertically and horizontally, scattering throughout the whole body and connecting the interior and exterior, zang-fu organs and extremities. The acupuncture points are specific locations where the Meridians come to the surface of the skin, and are easily accessible by “needling,” Moxibustion, and Acupressure. The connections between them ensure that there is an even circulation of Qi.