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A Short Summary on the Practice of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is commonly used as a form of alternative medicine in the West; however, it is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, Qi, which is life force energy, was believed to flow through channels in the body referred to as meridians. When there is an imbalance of Qi in the body, mental or physical disease arises. In order to balance Qi in the body, Acupuncture needles are inserted into the acupuncture points, which are arrayed along the meridians.