The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production, and circulation of their energy through the meridians.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support for other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
Digestive disorders such as gastritis,
hyperacidity, acid reflux, spastic colon, constipation, IBS, and diarrhea.
Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurring chest or sinus infections .
Neurological and muscular disorders such as headaches, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, various forms of joint tendonitis, low back pain, neuropathy, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and psychosomatic disorders.