Qi (pronounced as chi) is the subtle energy or what is known as the “life force,” which circulates via the specific pathways or meridians in the body, maintaining the equilibrium necessary for optimum health. Meridians are a highly complex, invisible network of intricate pathways that are distributed all over the body, including the head, arms, legs, chest, abdomen, and the different organ systems. It is by these meridians that the qi is distributed to every organ, cell muscle, and tissue. Any blockages in the smooth flow of qi may result in disease, pain or ill health. Acupuncture can help by moving these blockages of qi by improving its circulation and bringing the body back into harmony, via use of fine needles or other modalities through stimulation of certain acupuncture points.
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