Acupuncture is a technique derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Chinese postulated that there is an energy flow in every living being that is responsible for life. They called this energy the Chi force. The Chi flows through the body in channels called acupuncture meridians. Every meridian influences an organ and there are different meridians for the heart, liver, lung, large intestine, stomach, kidney, urinary bladder etc.
Some acupuncture meridians are negative in orientation while others are positive in orientation. The Chinese call these the Yin and the Yang. Yin and Yang are relative terms in comparison with each other.
In a person who is healthy, the Chi flows through all the channels smoothly and the Yin and Yang are in a state of dynamic equilibrium. In a person who is sick, the energy flows are obstructed and unbalanced causing either an excess or a deficiency of Yin, or an excess or a deficiency of Yang.
During an acupuncture treatment, the body undergoes a normalizing or balancing process.
The end result is a kind of homeostasis in which the body’s innate wisdom brings about a self-regulatory effect.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a term that encompasses a range of medical practices which have been developed in China over several millennia. These include acupuncture, massage, herbs, moxibustion and cupping.