What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing. It is not exclusive to China, but that is where it was developed the most. The earliest written Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory was in 1766 BC. These writings referenced history back another 2000 years! Acupuncture began with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas of the skin affected the functioning of certain organs of the body. It evolved into a system of healing as the connection between the skin and organs became better understood leading to more sensitive methods of stimulation.
Acupuncture is one component of Traditional Chinese medicine.
How does acupuncture work?
According to TCM, Qi flows in the body through a system of channels called meridians. Besides Qi, TCM also consists of yin, yang, blood, body fluids and organs. Blockages in Qi/blood may cause pain. Insufficient yin may cause signs of heat. Not enough yang may show symptoms of cold. Insufficient fluids manifest dryness, etc.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is done with extremely thin flexible needles made of stainless steel and silver alloy. There is nothing ‘special’ about the needle; it is a tool to balance body energy. There is sometimes a brief pain as the needle passes through the skin, but it dissipates immediately.
What can acupuncture do for me?
Most people who have had acupuncture are familiar with pain relief. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture can be effective for more than just pain. Here are just some examples:
Low Back Pain
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