Acupuncture is a system of medicine used to balance the body´s energy through the use of needles.
It works through the flow of qi (vital force/energy) in the meridians (pathways that cover the body) and organs of the body. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ.
Acupuncture allows qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. If qi is obstructed in its flow, pain will occur.
Acupuncture can restore health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body.
Through talking with the patient, feeling the pulses, looking at the tongue and other western diagnostic tools, the practitioner can determine which organ systems are out of balance and thus which points require needle stimulation.
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Dr. Kristen Lum ND, LAc, MSOM