Acupuncture is a method used to encourage the body to promote natural healing and improve function. It is accomplished by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at exact acupuncture points.
The traditional explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Blood flow and nervous pulses also follow meridians to run through the body to various parts, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body an restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockage or deficiency of energy, blood and nervous pluses would eventually lead to disease. The meridians can be influenced by applying needles to acupuncture points: the acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction at the dames, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.