How does Acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

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The classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians or pathways) throughout the body and over its surfaces. The meridians are like rivers and streams of energy coursing through the human body. Each major organ system, such the Heart or Kidneys, has its own meridian and is connected to one another by smaller networks of meridians. This system is responsible for nourishing the entire body, mind and spirit.

Health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is balanced and in harmony with its environment, Qi flows smoothly and will properly nourish all the organs, tissues and cells. If the flow is disrupted it will lead to some form of ill health.

Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points to restore its natural flow and lead the body back to a state of wellbeing.

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and cause virtually no pain and patients find it relaxing and energizing.


Alan Sher L.Ac.
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