According to Chinese medicine, the body transmits energy or Qi (Chi) through channels also known as meridians in the body. The unimpeded flow of this energy, along with a balanced Yin & Yang, account for a person’s overall health. There are approximately 350 acupuncture points running along these pathways where the energy flows may be accessed. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.
The meridians, like nerves, are an interconnected pathway that allows the body to communicate with itself and facilitates healing.
Modern research shows that acupuncture stimulates the endocrine system to release hormones and the nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord & brain that can affect overall balance of health and well-being.
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