How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of ‘Qi’ or energy. Qi is the active energetic principle that forms part of every living thing, and is the intangible life force underlying all living beings. Qi regulates a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and well-being.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is seen as having various channels or “meridians” through which Qi circulates, providing wellness and vitality to all the body’s various organs, muscles, nerves and other biological systems. When the free flow of Qi is disrupted or blocked it can lead to symptoms of illness and disease.

It can be helpful to think of Qi like water and meridians as the river it flows through. When a river becomes blocked or dries up or even when it over flows it upsets the ecosystem that lives there. This is essentially how Qi and the 12 meridians operate. According to traditional Chinese medicine all illness and disease can be sourced, and therefore remedied or alleviated at the level of Qi.

Acupuncture is a method for clearing such blockages, resolving energetic deficiencies and re balancing the free flow of Qi throughout the body.

For example, contemporary research has found strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture as an alternative to chronic pain management, to download this evidence, please click here.