An Introduction to Acupuncture
- Acupuncture originated in ancient China back in more than three thousands years ago. It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along with the chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture has been part of a primary health care system for thousands of years for chinese people. It's been used to treat diseases from common cold to musculoskeletal problems, to varies chronic conditions. Through out the years and years of practice, it has been refined by many, many expert practitioners, and kept up to date. Acupuncture was brought to the west in the early 1900s by European physicians.
- There are 408 different acupuncture points. When Acupuncture is done, the acupuncture points are accessed using extremely hair-thin sterile, disposable needles. Ten or more points may be selected per treatment. Western science has been able to correlate these points with known muscle pressure points as well as areas of higher bioelectrical activity. Chinese theory explains the acupuncture points as areas in the skin where the rivers of energy called Meridians, come closest to the body surface. These points are opened and closed to adjust or balance the circulation of the energy in the meridians, as well as release the toxins from them. When needles are strategically placed in these meridians, they affect the vital flow of energy or Qi 氣 in the body; promote the body's natural healing power, and thus change the course of disease processes.
- The acupuncture procedure is pain free. Most people feel only a little pinch. Once the acupuncture needles are in place, needles are left in for 20-30 minutes. During a treatment the patient often feels very relaxed and sometimes sleepy. After an acupuncture treatment, normal activity can be resumed. Sometimes treatment results can be felt in as soon as immediately after one treatment, but more often it takes one to two treatments a week for a few weeks depending upon individual constitutions and seriousness of the condition.
- Acupuncture is used very effectively in pain management, healing of trauma/car accident, stress reduction, and varies chronic conditions where the conventional west medicine comes up short.