Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) involving inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of conditions. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. It is rarely used alone but rather as an adjunct to other forms of treatment.
Acuouncture promotes healing and can support physical and emotional health. It is a safe and painless solution to treat a variety of different medical problems.
What Is Qi?
Qi is a sort of mystery to people who have not experienced it. Normally an acupuncturist will have to wave his arms to explain to his patients with words like, “Qi is a sort of energy that flows in the meridians and carries some information from one acupoint to where the pain is.” Can we say something more precise than that now, in scientific terms? Yes. The answer is:
- Qi is vibration.
- Qi is oscillation of the meridians. More precisely, qi is quantum oscillations on the system of meridians.
- Qi is what carries the effect of acupuncture from one acupoint to other parts of the body.
What Does An Acupuncturist Do?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.