Acupuncture is a treatment method that is part of the ancient Chinese medicine. The fundamental idea of Chinese medicine is the law of nature. Throughout the centuries, this has translated into roughly three theories: Yin – Yang, the five elements and the Qi.
Yin and Yang is the oldest and most recognizable principle in Chinese medicine. Yin and Yang represent the opposite, but are also complementary qualities of each other. Yin contains the seed of Yang, so that it can transform into Yang and the other way around; they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Yin is a female energy and flows from top to bottom, towards the earth. Yang is the male energy, it flows opposite to the Yin energy: from below upward, towards heaven. In the most ideal situation, Yin and Yang are in balance with each other; they adapt to whatever happens to us, and around us. When this balance gets disturbed in any way, ailments and pain may occur.
The concept of Qi is the most central in Chinese medical thinking. Qi is a generic word for “energy”. According to the Chinese philosophy Qi, or life energy is present in all things on earth and therefore also in the human body. Qi flows through the body in energy channels: the meridians. The human physiology is based on the transformation of Qi. When the Qi is abundant, there is health, but when Qi is weak, there is disease. When the Qi is balanced there is peace, but as it circulates in the wrong direction, this then can course medical problems.
Through acupuncture – inserting needles at specific points on the meridians – the body is being stimulated to restore the lost balance.