Acupuncture is a medical system created thousands of years ago that utilize pathways/channels/meridians on the body, similar to a road map, that are used to balance Qi (life force energy). Acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles at specific points on the body.
Acupuncturists diagnose a patient’s condition by using what is called the four pillars. The first of these are looking/observing at the person’s skin, eyes, body, hair and posture and tongue. The second of these are listening by asking specific questions and taking careful notes and listening to the tone and cadence of the voice. The third of these are touching/palpating by feeling the pulse, pressing along the acupuncture channels and muscles, and palpating the abdomen. The fourth pillar is smelling by noting odors that may be coming from a person’s breath and body.
Acupuncturists spend four or more years studying the traditions of Chinese Medicine in order to become competent and knowledgeable practitioners. Acupuncturists take rigorous examinations required by specific states and countries in order to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine.