Traditional oriental medical philosophy believes there’s a magnetic energy with a North and South Pole that are expressed in the body as positive and negative polarities. This energy is called “chi” or “ki”, but can simply be understood as “life energy”.
This life energy flows through 14 prominent, three-dimensional energy pathways we call meridians. The energy flows in a continuous cycle through 12 of these meridians, completing a full cycle every 24 hours. Each meridian has a peak energy period of two hours every day. The remaining two meridians, the Central and Governing meridians, act as “energy reservoirs”.
Six of the meridians are classified as Yang (positive polarity) and six are Yin (negative polarity) meridians. A balance between Yin and Yang, and the polarity of our life energy, is essential for optimal health.
Each meridian is named by the “life function” to which it’s most closely associated – typically this is an anatomical organ. It’s important to know that an energy imbalance in a specific meridian does not necessarily equal disease or damage to that organ. That said, it’s important to note that a chronic imbalance in a meridian may eventually cause damage or disease in its associated organ.
Every muscle in the body is related to a specific meridian and organ – and every muscle is affected by the life energy flowing through its associated meridian. An imbalance in the life energy of the meridian system will therefore affect posture and biomechanical function via the muscular system. Any imbalance will also affect the functioning and relationships between the organs of the body. Acupuncture rebalances this flow and restores optimal health.
Some of the conditions acupuncture has proven effective in treating include:
During an acupuncture appointment – which traditionally is 30 – 45 mins long – we will insert incredibly fine needles into specific points on your body at various depths to balance the flow of your energy or “chi” through the 14 meridians. Our objective is the achievement of energetic balance and in turn optimal health.
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