Acupuncture is a treatment to regulate human body’s functions by insertion of the sharp, thin needles at certain specific points of the body following the meridian and collateral theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) .
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatments in TCM. According to the theories of TCM, there is a network formed with meridians and collaterals channels in human body. It is believed that the body’s Qi (energy), blood and body fluid are distributed throughout of the body by circulation via the channels of the network. Keeping the Qi, blood and body fluid at appropriate level and maintaining proper circulation of these materials in the channels are essential to ensure the human body in a healthy condition. Once a problem happens in the Qi and/or blood level and circulation, it will cause various diseases and symptoms.
There are 14 major meridians in human body and more than 360 points along these meridians. Needles can be inserted and manipulated on these points to adjust and alter the body’s Qi, blood levels and flow into healthier conditions. These points are called acupoints. Insertion and manipulation of needles on different acupoints are used to maintain human body in health conditions and to treat a wide variety of illnesses.