How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is based on ancient Taoist philosophy of meridian theory. These meridians are channels circulating the energy of the organs of the body in a biorhythmic and interrelated course. This energy and the energy that moves it is our life force energy. It is the same energy that makes our hearts pump. If this energy is sufficient and flowing smoothly, a person feels healthy, stable, and inspired. If it is disrupted, blocked, shocked, insufficient or scattered, a person will feel pain or an organ disharmony will develop. If the body cannot regain balance on its own, disease develops. Ultimately it is the body itself that regains the balance, but treatment can help this happen. Disruption can come from a number of things, including physical trauma, emotional stress, overwork, irregular sleeping habits, poor eating habits, insufficient digestion, environmental exposure to wind, cold, damp, heat, or pollution. Obstructed qi in one organ or meridian affects others as well due to the qi's natural flow from one meridian to the next.

Acupuncture can be used in different ways to regain the smooth flow of qi throughout the body and improve the function of the organs. This smooth flow will result not only in organ health and disease prevention, but also in feeling calm emotional centeredness, less body tension, and more energy. Acupuncture can remove obstruction such as phlegm, qi or blood stagnation. It can strengthen and nourish organs and organ systems such as immunity, blood, heart, reproductive and digestive function. It can regulate systems and organ relationships such as regulating hormones or sleep. Acupuncture is a very safe, effective, and non invasive treatment and art. It uses the body's innate ability to heal itself by gently supporting it and moving things out of its way.