Classical Five Element Acupuncture, originated in China 5,000 years ago, is the oldest continuously practiced form of medicine in the world. It is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points (called meridians) on the body with the aim of adjusting and modifying the flow of "Qi" (pronounced “chee”), the body's natural energy flows, in order to alleviate pain and promote health..
Acupuncture treatment is rendered based on an Oriental medical diagnosis that includes an assessment of pulse quality, medical history, and physical exam. Following the diagnosis, acupuncture points are chosen on the body along acupuncture meridians, or pathways. Needle stimulation of these points increases the body’s healing energy or qi.
In one of the oldest medical books in the world, the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine), it explains that acupuncture should be used to treat disease before you get sick; one of the first medical texts to introduce the concept of prevention. With regular acupuncture treatments, the weakened systems are strengthened and problems occur less frequently. The prevention of disease is the cornerstone of Oriental medicine.