An effective approach to treat both acute and chronic conditions, this medicine utilizes a sophisticated system of diagnostic methods that take into consideration the person as a whole, discerning the body’s pattern of disharmony rather than isolated symptoms. The intent of treatment is to address the underlying cause of a condition, increase one’s ability to function, and improve quality of life.
Health and wellbeing are rooted in proper movement of energy and nourishment throughout the body. In Oriental medicine, this movement occurs along a network of pathways called meridians. The meridians provide a path for Qi (pronounced “chee”), the animating force of all living things. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, qi flows through these distinct channels that both cover the entire surface of the body and also travel deep within the body, connecting with the organs. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into points on the body that correspond with these channels of qi. The needles adjust the flow of qi in order reestablish balance in the body and alleviate any discomfort.