How do Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work? Chinese medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized the vital energy within all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced “chee”). During long term treatment and preventing of disease, the ancient Chinese physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy flowing in the human body along specific pathways called meridians. Each pathway or meridian is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. The pathways of energy communicate with the surface of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vial energy passing through it. Disease is considered to arise due to deficiency or excess (unbalance) of vital energy in energetic pathways and their associated physiological system. Acupuncture manipulates needles at specific points on the body and stimulates the flow of Qi or the natural healing energy to areas where it is needed. In this way, acupuncture harmonizes and balances the body and thus cures diseases. Herbal medicine, massage, moxa (heat therapy) and other types of treatment all work to regulate and balance ying-yang and Qi-Xue (blood), harmonizing the whole body and further preventing ailments. In addition, Chinese medicine also emphasizes well-being by educating clients about dietary therapy, exercises and meditation techniques such as Taichi and Qigong.