Chinese Medicine is a medical healing art and science that originated over 3,000 years ago. This system of medicine is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of "Qi", the vital life energy present in all living organisms. The primary methods used to bring balance to the body include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), and Qi Gong.
Qi circulates in the body along fourteen major energy pathways, known as meridians, that are linked to specific internal organ systems. Disease arises when the flow of Qi is impaired. The work of the practitioner is to determine the state of Qi, through careful questioning and observation, and to restore its free, energetic flow through the formulation of a treatment plan. There are hundreds of acupuncture points within the body that can be stimulated by the insertion of microthin needles just beneath the skin. These points help rebalance the flow of energy and consequently restore health.
Patients typically experience deep relaxation during and after their treatment as the flow of energy is restored. Acupuncture is effective for treating a variety of conditions. The number of treatments required varies according to a person's vitality and whether their condition is acute or chronic in nature.