Acupuncture is the best known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practice of acupuncture is more than two centuries old. It is a time-tested and effective method of healing that focuses on the body as a whole.
Acupuncture involves inserting very thin, sterile needles into specific places on the body, called acupoints. The needles are about the width of a cat’s whisker. They are solid, not hollow like hypodermic needles. Acupoints are found all over the body, along energy pathways called meridians and have specific functions alone and in combination with other points.
Generally speaking, the goal of acupuncture is to bring the body’s qi into balance. Qi, which can be translated as vital energy, travels throughout every part of the body and when it is disrupted disease can occur. Acupuncture treatment restores the correct flow of qi and helps the body to return to health.