Acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile, single-use needles that are inserted into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Qi (“chee”) is a life force energy which flows through meridians, or channels, that traverse along the body and connect to the internal organ systems. This flow of Qi can be disrupted by both physical and emotional trauma, poor diet and environmental toxins. By inserting needles into specific points on these channels, we can manipulate the Qi and return the body to state of balance, and therefore, health.
The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) released a statement in 1997 acknowledging acupuncture’s safety and efficacy, and recognizing it as a mainstream medicine. Although it is thousands of years old, current research studies and modern technology are providing continuing proof of the effectiveness of acupuncture.