According to the Chinese medical theory, there is a network of energy channels in the body called meridians. These meridians follows specific patterns in the body. Modern research has shown that the meridians coincide with connective tissue in the body. As you may already know, connective tissue is situated all around the organs, muscles, glands in the body. Along the meridians, there are acupuncture points. When an acupuncturist put a needle in an acupuncture point signals are transported via the connective tissue to the body’s different parts.
In TCM, it is said that life-flowing energy, Qi, is transported in the meridians. Qi may be described in many different ways, where one is by using the concepts of yin and yang. A Western way to describe Qi was mentioned previously, i.e. an intermediary of signals (biophotons etc.) to the different body parts. If you are healthy, Qi flows harmoniously through your body. If you have an unbalance in the body, however, a blockage or an irregularity occurs in the flow.
Acupuncture, according to TCM, should not be confused with sensory stimulation, also called acupuncture, carried out within Swedish hospitals. Training in sensory stimulation is often limited to 2-4 weeks. Sensory stimulation is mainly used as a treatment method for pain. It is important to know that no diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine is made during a sensory stimulation treatment.