Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles (acupuncture needles are hair-thin, sterile, individually packaged, and disposable) into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases to modify or prevent pain perception, and to normalize the body’s physiological functions.
The goal of oriental medicine is to balance the energy of the body thus promoting the ability of the body to heal itself.
According to the traditional medical theory, the body has 12 main channels through which energy, called Qi, flows.
Excess, deficient, or obstructed Qi causes pain or disease.
The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated throughout the treatment to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
The acupuncturist selects points and therapies on the basis of a diagnosis which is made primarily by examining the radial pulses of both wrists, looking at the tongue, and considering the medical history. The acupuncturist sees these signs and symptoms as fitting into distinct patterns that reflect the internal energy relationships as understood by traditional east Asian medicine.