Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which involves the insertion of tiny, single-use sterile needles through the skin at the acupoints on the body. TCM believes that there is an energy flow, known as “Qi” (pronounced Chi), which flows through the meridians (pathways in the human body), and it is vital for overall health. The disruption of the energy flow may result in a variety of illness, and unpleasant bodily conditions such as physical pain being the most prominent problem. Stimulating certain acupuncture points along the meridians helps to encourage the flow of the body’s vital energy, and thus solving the corresponding health issues.
Acupuncture is not limited to the use of needles to stimulate "Qi", and can use a variety of treatments including Acupressure, Facial Rejuvenation, Qigong healing, and TCM herbal formulas (in the convenient form of dried herbal powder). Each of these components can work as a stand-alone treatment, but also can be combined to complement each other holistically.
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. Qi meaning "life energy cultivation" is known as the source of all vitality, healing and creativity. Qi is the primary ingredient for naturally induced healing. It involves a series of gentle movements to cultivate the connection and optimization of the body, mind and spirit with the intent of improving health. This can be a great practice to use in combination to compliment additional health measures you take.