Acupuncture

 

Meridian chart

Acupuncture is one of the main elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), used widely in the treatment of various diseases in the major disciplines of internal medicine: orthopaedics, gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, and dermatology.

 

Central to acupuncture is the TCM concept of qi, a fundamental energy which takes on different forms and functions in various parts of the body. Qi reaches the body's different organs and tissues through the system of channels known as meridians, in turn controlling all the physiological aspects of our health. Imbalances in our health can be caused by many different factors. These may include weather conditions, physical injury, infections, poisons and emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief.

 

To treat disease, a TCM practitioner will insert fine needles into specific points on the body located at superficial areas along the meridian. These points are known as acupuncture points.