What Is Qi?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is at the core of Chinese medicine. It's the energy, or life force, that flows throughout the body, protecting it from illness, pain and disease.
How Does Qi Move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians — a bit like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it provides nourishment to the land, plants, and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring Qi that nourishes every cell, organ, tissue, and muscle.
Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. A change or blockage in its flow can negatively impact a person’s health, particularly if the body is in a weakened state. Illness, pain, or disease can set in.
Blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health and lead to various health concerns.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points on the body access, redirect, and boost Qi in the meridians. This helps the body reach its highest capacity to heal itself, tapping into anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones, and the immune system.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe, effective and drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.