A traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses thin sterile needles, which are inserted into various points along the body, to remove obstructions of energy and stimulate the flow of Chi.

Alternative Medicine

Refers to the use of CAM in place of conventional medicine.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine


From Sanskrit meaning spinning wheel or vortex of energy; there are seven primary chakras that flow through the human body and are considered to be the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.

Chi, Qi, Ki (pronounced Chee)

Essence of life; the circulating life energy that is inherent in all living things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health.

Complementary Medicine

Refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine.

Conventional Medicine (Western, Allopathic)

Refers to medicine as practiced by medical doctors (MD), doctors of osteopathy (DO) and by allied health professionals.

Integrative Medicine

Refers to the use of both conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.

Medical Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture performed by a licensed physician.


Channel or avenue through which Chi travels through the body.