The theory and practice of acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in Asia for thousands of years. Acupuncturists stimulate “acupuncture points” found at specific locations on the surface of the body by inserting very thin needles through the skin, or with heat and/or finger-pressure.
The general theory of acupuncture is that health depends on the circulation of nutrients and energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network of channels or “meridians.” This network connects every organ and part of the body and regulates its physiological processes. Pain and ill-health result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked by factors including disease, pathogens, trauma/injuries and medication (side-effects), as well as lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, emotional disturbance, lack of rest and stress. The stimulation of acupuncture points helps restore a sufficient flow of Qi throughout the body.
The acupuncturist uses a sophisticated system of diagnostic methods that take into consideration the person as a whole, rather than their isolated symptoms. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but more importantly to treat the underlying cause and improve the quality of life.
“The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms…but to treat the underlying cause and improve the quality of life”
Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel, between one-half and three inches long, ultra-fine and quite flexible. They are pre-sterilized and disposable (single use). When the acupuncture needles are tapped into the skin, there may not be any sensation, or patients may feel a dull or slight tingle Most patients find acupuncture treatments to be relaxing and meditative experiences.
Patients of acupuncturists range from infants to senior citizens. They may be seeking an alternative to Western medicine or it may be their last hope for relief, having exhausted other methods of treatment for a chronic condition.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. The World Health Organization has identified specific conditions that have been treated effectively with TCM and acupuncture. They include:
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