Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medicine based upon over 3000 years of observational knowledge. The medicine began when ancient Chinese scholars touched the body to see where pain lied and where the body was affected, i.e. a way to harmonize imbalances. Over the years a complex system founded upon meridians, qi (pronounced chee), and other factors has been implemented to diagnose and treat disease on an individual basis. The palpation (or touching) of these meridians and points stand today as the pillars of TCM and acupuncture.
A meridian can most closely be related to a pathway of nerves in Western medicine. Meridians are commonly named after the organs they correspond to. Our qi, or energy, runs along these meridians and an acupuncturist’s objective is to discover where an obstruction or an imbalance may exist.
Large, well designed studies provide scientific proof that conditions treated with acupuncture include (but are not limited to) stress/anxiety relief, immune system enhancement, chronic and acute pain, common cold, flu, smoking cessation, asthma, fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, poor circulation, and infertility. See http://www.acupunctureresearch.org/ for more information.