Introduction to Acupuncture
Rooted in ancient Taoist philosophy, acupuncture is the ancient
art of stimulating certain points on the body for curative effect.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a holistic approach,
taking into account not just a disease, but a person’s dietary,
exercise and sleeping habits, as well as their emotional outlook
on life. People are viewed as a complex matrix of energy in
which the mind and body are unified.
Acupuncture can treat almost any ailment – chronic or acute,
physical or psychological – that does not normally require
surgical intervention or the use of potent drugs.
The ability of acupuncture to treat such a wide range of
disorders is due to its ability to regulate the homeostasis of the
Through the use of diagnostic techniques like observing a
person’s complexion and demeanor, the color of the tongue
and its coating, and the shape and force of the pulse at the
radial artery, an acupuncturist can determine which organ
systems are in hyper- or hypo-function, and adjust their working
accordingly. This is done by needling various points on the
body with fine-gauge needles in order to induce the desired
How It Works
Although the mechanism of acupuncture is poorly understood
from a biomedical perspective, the philosophy and protocols
guiding needle placement goes back hundreds of years and
are quite sophisticated and complex. They take into account
not only symptoms, but how the entire body is operating.
To understand the workings of acupuncture, you have to
understand the concept of Qi.
The best way to describe Qi is to compare the blood vessels to
a network of pipes, and the nerves to a network of electrical
wires. Qi is like radio waves – like a radar beam that follows a
By needling points along that pathway, an acupuncturist tells
the body to adjust the way it is functioning. The results are not
always immediate. But with repeated sessions, there will be a
discernible change in your health.