WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is one of the treatment modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) most widely used, recognized and taught in the Western world. It presupposes the existence of a vital energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chi"), that is essential to life and that flows throughout the body. This energy is transported by a system of channels called meridians. These meridians represent indeed a large network of external (surface) and internal pathways that enables a connection between the outer and inner aspects of our bodies.
Acupuncture points are found on the external aspects and at very specific locations along these meridians. These points, mapped and documented for thousands of years by the Chinese and Asian societies (Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, etc. ), have their own characteristics and indications.
The selection and method of stimulation of these points are determined by the acupuncturist and based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine energy and pattern diagnosis. By selecting a combination of points, the treatment will have an effect on a determined bodily organ, area or function, and therefore act on a set of varied symptoms and/or on the initial cause of the imbalance.