The general theory of acupuncture is that proper physiological health and function depend on the balance and circulation of Qi (pronounced “chee” and can be thought of as energy and life essential nutrients) through a network of channels or meridians. This network connects every organ and part of the body, providing balance, regulation, and coordination of physiological processes. To channel Qi in the right flows, acupuncturists master the discipline of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body. This stimulates “acu-points” found at strategic locations of the body. Stimulation of these appropriate acu-points restores the continuous, and even flow of Qi (vital energy) and other nutrients throughout the body, enabling the body to revert to a healthy state naturally. The aim of acupuncture is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms but to treat the underlying cause and improve the quality of life for the patient.
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