What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the act of inserting needles into specific points on the
body to relieve pain, or to help treat disease or illness, and it
supports general health and well-being. Acupuncture is based on an
ancient Chinese belief that there is life energy in every living
creature called Chi or Qi, and that this energy flows along specific
pathways called meridians. Acupunture.com states that “as long as this
energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but
once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and
illness occur.” “Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal
functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to
free up the Chi energy.”
It is a practice
within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has developed over
thousands of years with earliest documentation being 2696 BC.
Wikipedia.com offers this definition of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
“TCM says processes of the human body are interrelated and constantly
interact with the environment. Therefore the theory looks for the signs
of disharmony in the external and internal environment of a person in
order to understand, treat and prevent illness and disease. TCM theory
is based on a number of philosophical frameworks including the Theory of
Yin-yang , the Five Elements , the human body Meridian
system…, and others. Diagnosis and treatment are conducted with
reference to these concepts.” Chinese medicine is based on a different
paradigm than Western medical practices. As an example acupuncture
treats the human body as a whole with several systems of functions that
are associated with physical organs. As a treatment method acupuncture
has the goal and objective to put balance back to those systems and
re-harmonize the body.
Alternate Definition of Acupuncture from a client:
when a bunch of needles are stuck in you in energy points, and some how
you feel better. Don’t ask us how or why because we don’t know but the
Chinese have been doing it for thousands and thousands of years and seem
to have gotten it right. Western medicine doesn’t like it because they
have never been able to prove it in a lab.
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