Qi is the intangible and ethereal foundation of life; it has been called the breath of life, universal life force, or most simply, energy. In the body, qi is thought to travel within energetic channels or meridians. Just as rivers carry water, these channels carry qi throughout the body, offering nourishment and support for all of its functioning. Fine needles are inserted at specific points along these channels in order to influence the flow and supply of qi and improve health. Over 2000 years ago over 1000 of these acupoints were mapped on the body and only in the last few decades has the field of quantum physics and electromagnetic research proven their existence. Acupuncture needle insertion is practically painless and has been considered for decades by the Chinese as a “painless procedure”. In some cases, you will not know the needles are in, and in others there may be tingling, warmth, or heaviness or a feeling of the qi moving up and down the meridians.
To fully achieve disease prevention, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, addresses the subtle, energetic precursors of disease and considers the non-physical influence of mind and spirit. Without this holistic view, there is little foresight as to where the body is headed until it is too late. The founders of TCM believed that by following the physical, dietary and lifestyle principles that they set forth, a person could attain long-term health, and even possibly, immortality.
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