A. In classic Chinese medical book there is a saying, “If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that an essential life force called “Qi” flows through the body along channels called meridians that are like rivers within your body. Wherever a river flows, it brings with it water to nourish life, land and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving energy and circulation that nourish every cell, tissue, organ and system in the body, providing good health and pain-free living.
If you block a flowing river, it will cause an excessive amount of pressure on one side and restrict the water flow on the other. An obstruction to the flow of “Qi” is similar: When meridians become blocked, Qi cannot move freely, causing excess Qi to build up in another area. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including pain.
The insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points along the meridians is thought to help unblock the clogged energy channels. There are more than 2,000 such points on the body. Some practitioners use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or electrical impulses along with or instead of the usual needle, but the goal is always the same: to stimulate these points and allow Qi to flow freely.