Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy administered through the painless insertion of single-use, sterile needles to specific acupoints into superficial structures of the body (skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscles). The needles stimulate the flow of qi (vital energy) through the body’s meridians to re-open the qi pathway, increasing energy flow to internal organs to enhance the body’s own healing power.
The purpose and clinical efficacy of each acu-point, or combinations of acu-points, for treatment in Chinese medicine is proven through centuries of clinical practice and research. In recent years the functions of acu-points have been systematically studied and substantiated by scientific research. There are different types of acupuncture practice in the West; members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine only practice the traditional acupuncture technique based on principles of traditional Chinese medicine which espouses the stimulation of acu-points in the meridian network (channels and collaterals) and the syndrome differentiation method.