How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by activating the body’s Qi (pronounced chee) by stimulating specific “acu-points” along a network of “channels” or “meridians” on the body.  These channels connect every organ and part of the body, and provide a pathway for the Qi to flow.


This Qi is the vital energy or life force in all living things.  When Qi is blocked or disrupted, pain & ill health may result.  Think of Qi as the water flowing through a garden hose.  If the hose get s a blockage, it is unable to supply the plant (your body) with the proper nutrients and in turn, the plant is unable to grow and blossom.


Many things can cause Qi to become blocked, such as poor diet, physical or emotional trauma, inherited weakness of Qi or chemical, physical and/or emotional stress.  Normally your body can easily return to good health, but if there is prolong or excessive disruption of Qi, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted and various symptoms will arise; i.e. pain.


An acupuncturist’s goal is to normalize the flow and distribution of Qi and thus help the body to heal itself and to prevent disease.  Lorraine does this with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.