The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health, prevent illness, and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.

The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy,"  and "energetic balance". Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".

Acupunturists are able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these "meridians". Traditionally these "acupoints" have been stimulated by fine, slender needles. The points are used to adjust the "vital energy" so that the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. In this way your body is allowed to heal itself.

Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine includes herbology, physical therapy, dietetics and special exercises, and is a complete medical system unto itself. Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Chinese thinking and Chinese Medicine, and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with those principles.