Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture offers a unique perspective on the nature of health & illness that is different from that of the western biomedicine perspectives.
The Chinese believe that there is a universal life energy called Qi (pronounced “Chi”) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. The goal of acupuncture is to restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to restore flow of Qi.
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown, through controlled trials, to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
However, acupuncture is traditionally used to treat more than just pain. Blockages of Qi can result in mood and energy disorders, sleep disturbances and skin conditions.