Acupuncture originated in ancient China many centuries ago.
Along with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture is presently
one of the world's main disciplines of primary medical care;
serving more than one fourth of the world's population. It
is a very precise method of balancing, regulating and strengthening
the life force of the human body; called Qi (pronounced chee).
Acupuncturists recognize particular pathways called "channels
or meridians" through which Qi circulates throughout
the body. The channels connect all of the internal organs
with the rest of the body and provide a constant flow of energy
to every cell. When imbalances or blockages arise in a persons
energy system due to stress, injury, over exertion, over eating
or any other reason; pain and illness can result. Acupuncturists
use these channels for diagnosis and treatment. Inserting
needles, massaging or applying heat to the channels and acupuncture
points can promote healing, increase circulation, stop pain,
reduce inflamation, strengthen one's constitution, regulate
and improve the function of the internal organs, build up
the immune system, calm the mind and produce a feeling of
well being and peace.