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Acupuncture

DSC_0009Chinese medicine is based upon the belief that the human body is an intelligent organism that constantly strives to maintain a balanced state of health and well-being. The Qi (pronounced Chee), which is the body’s energy or life-force, is central to this principle. The Qi flows through the body in an intricate system of meridians, or channels, bringing nourishment to and supporting function of muscles, organs, tissue, nerves, blood and bone. If the flow of Qi is disrupted or blocked, various types of dis-ease result. These may manifest as pain, tension, fatigue, lumps, rashes or more serious illness.

Each meridian has several points along itspath that affect the flow of qi in particular ways. The acupuncturist uses thin, stainless steel needles to access these points and work with the patient’s Qi. Needles are typically inserted near the area of dis-ease and also near the outer reaches of the channels, usually around the wrists, ankles, hands and feet. The acupuncturist sets the needles and leaves them for 20-45 minutes, while the patient relaxes.