To The Point Acupuncture FAQ
Needles?! It’s not as scary as you may think, so don’t fret. An acupuncture needle is NOT like getting a hypodermic shot, giving blood, or getting a tattoo. In fact, our needles are about the size of a cat’s whisker! If you are feeling fearful of needles, feel free to be open with your acupuncturist. We are here to help, and we want you to feel as safe and comfortable as possible!
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body. The diagram to the left shows the meridian pathways in the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands.
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.