If you’ve spent any time home decorating, you’ve probably come across feng shui, the practice of arranging room layouts and colors to promote the beneficial flow of energy throughout a house and create a healthy space for living. The healthy flow of vital energy — life force, or chi in Chinese — is also the aim of acupuncture, the traditional Chinese medicine, which like feng shui, is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. Just as a feng shui “prescription” might involve moving a bookcase that is preventing a door from being fully opened, acupuncture’s use of needles aims to stimulate various parts of the body in order to remove blockages in the flow of chi.
One of the world’s oldest healing practices, acupuncture takes a holistic approach that conceives of one’s body in relationship with one’s mind, spirit, emotions and environment. It is based on the premise that vital energy flows through the body along many channels, which are each associated with different organs and emotions.
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