A healthy body has an abundant supply of qi – or “life energy” – that flows through channels (called meridians) to all parts of the body to support physiological functions. Poor nutrition, stress, infection, exposure to cigarette smoke and other external factors can reduce levels of qi or block its flow. In this state the body quickly becomes imbalanced and more susceptible to disease or illness.
Acupuncture helps to restore optimal levels and flow of qi by stimulating specific points, termed acu-points, along the meridians. By clearing energy blockages and promoting an increased supply of qi, acupunture treatments promote healing and return the body to a state of harmony and well-being. Acupuncture provides the added benefit that, once order is restored, the body is better able to protect itself and maintain balance.
In our clinic, an acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles or the application of a needle-free electric stimulus directed onto the acu-points. Chinese massage, moxibustion and cupping are also used to stimulate the flow of qi.