In Asian medicine or the all-encompassing term acupuncture, we believe that the body is made up of energy or what we call or Ki in Japanese or Qi in Chinese (氣). This energy flows throughout our bodies and within in different networks which affect every part of our bodies including our muscles, tissues, bones and organs. Some parts of our bodies can have an excess amount of energy while other parts can also be deficient but both of these imbalances can lead to disease or pain.
If our energies are in “balance” then the body has the ability to heal itself. When our energy is out of “balance” then our body does not have the ability to heal itself. All diseases or pain are then a function of these energetic imbalances.
Over 3000 years ago, Chinese doctors discovered that different parts of the body corresponded to different types of energy. These places are where energy gathers could then be used to treat different types of diseases or to alleviate pain. For instance, there is a place on the inner part of the foot which can treat constipation. Therefore, by inserting needles at certain pre-determined locations on the body, energy flow is restored and disease and pain can be alleviated.