Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of fine sterile needles into acupuncture points on specific locations on the body. The needles are retained for about 20 minutes and are disposed of when removed.
The Chinese medicine perspective can be compared to an aqueduct. The water which flows through the aqueduct is energy (called Qi or Chi). The energy, or Qi, flows through pathways (called channels or meridians) along the body surface.
This energy is accessible at specific points along the channel. Inserting acupuncture needles into these ‘energy’ points initiates the process of rebalancing. Part of this therapeutic response is aimed at stimulating the blood flow to bodily systems including the reproductive, endocrine and immune systems.
Acupuncture is based on a holistic treatment paradigm that considers the physical, emotional and mental state. It aims to address the underlying cause of disease according to TCM principles as well as giving symptomatic relief for some conditions.