That's a big question.
Traditionally, acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of
the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (Blood) through
discrete channels or meridians which traverse the body similar but
not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems.
According to this theory, acupuncture regulates this flow of Qi
shunting it to those area where it is Deficient and draining it
from where it is Excess. Thus acupuncture regulates and
restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In
Chinese there is a famous dictum, "There is no pain if there
is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."
Essentially acupuncture promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi
& Answers About Acupuncture
What problems can be treated by
How deep do the needles go?
Does it hurt?
Are the needles clean?
Do acupuncturists only insert needles?
How does acupuncture work?
Are there different styles of
What criteria should one use in
choosing an acupuncturist?
How many treatments will I need?
Is there anything I need to do before
receiving an acupuncture treatment?
Is there anything I need to do while
What can I expect after treatment?