Gina Mee: Acupuncture works to balance and strengthen a person's Qi (pronounced "chee") or energy. Qi is vital energy that flows throughout the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi, which flows throughout the body through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians that connect to specific organs and glands. These meridians are like rivers that transport nourishment for each cell, organ, gland, tissue, and muscle.
When Qi is abundant and flows freely throughout the body, one feels physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. When there's an obstruction of the Qi anywhere in the body, it blocks a smooth flow of energy, and therefore, pain or disease set in. An acupuncturist then works with a patient to bring their health back to balance. This process is completely natural and involves no medications. Instead, a patient's own body is facilitated to heal itself.