How Does It Work?

 

So our next question should be; “How does it work? Modern Western Medicine has not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works, although it has come up with a a number of potential mechanisms. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to this theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and to be taken away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
acupuncture meridian chart
In order to enhance or decrease the flow of Qi, the acupuncturist will insert fine needles into the body at specific points located along the Qi pathways, called meridians, and manipulate the Qi as needed. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. And with the new tool of functional magnetic resonance imaging, research has confirmed some of the locations.

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