Acupuncture – Facts and Myths

The classic Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of
energy run in even patterns through the body and across its surface.
These energy channels, named meridians, are like rivers flowing
through the body to irrigate and nutrify the tissues. A blockage in the
movement of these energy rivers is like a dyke that backs up in others.
The meridians may be molded by needling the acupuncture points;
the acupuncture needles release the blockages at the dams, and
restore the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture
treatments may therefore help the body’s internal organs to rectify
instabilities in their digestion, absorption, and energy production
actions, and in the circulation of their power through the meridians.