Acupuncture, a branch of ancient Chinese medicine (considered by many as an alternative form of healing), is more than 3,000 years old. It is based on the concept of 'qi' (pronounced 'chee') which usually has been translated as 'energy,' and more recently, referred to by some as 'bio-electricity.'
Qi circulates to all parts of the living body, through pathways called 'meridians.' Qi and meridians are related to the circulatory and nervous systems, but are not synonymous with them.
Blockages or imbalances of qi are causes of pain and poor health, according to Chinese Medicine. The qi blockage is analogous to what happens when there is a car accident on a busy freeway (the freeway being the meridian). This causes traffic to slow down, or stop. Once the cars involved in the accident have been moved from the scene, traffic is able to move normally again.
The aim of acupuncture is to restore the normal balance and flow of qi with needles which stimulate points on meridians, helping the body to heal itself. Acupuncture has benefited millions of people over the years. It is a safe, holistic form of healing; an effective treatment for many health conditions.