In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the body is comprised of channels through which qi and blood flow. Qi is considered a unit of energy and blood is the sustenance for the energy to function. Blood is considered to nourish qi whereas qi moves blood. They are a supportive and interlinked pair. An imbalance of qi and blood and lead to symptoms such as pain.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterilized filiform needles on specific points along a channel to generate a local and whole body effect. The channels form a interlinked matrix, therefore the stimulation of one channel regulates and impacts and the body's entire system. Acupuncture simultaneously treats a local symptom while addressing the balance between all the channels to promote harmony and health.