What Is Acupuncture?
Chinese medicine maintains that there should be free and uninterrupted flow of Qi (vital energy) through the meridians of a healthy body. The flow of Qi moves throughout the body in a rhythmical order and forms an endless cycle. Where there is disease, the flow is blocked. The impact is not only on the affected meridian but also has deleterious effect on other meridians.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic medical technique. The technique restores the free flow of energy, breaks down the blockage, improves the function of the organs, and restores harmony among bodily systems. This is done by gently inserting fine needles (13 to 130 mm in length and 0.16mm to 0.46mm in diameter) into the skin. Needles are left in position for 20 – 30 minutes during treatment. The meridians can be stimulated by twirl, push-pull movements, or activated by gentle electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture was developed over many centuries through empirical research and field-testing. It treats a wide variety of ailments. Acupuncture allows the body to release endorphins, serotonin, and endogenous morphine-like substances. Acupuncture triggers the release of hormones that allows it to treat menopause, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism. Additionally, acupuncture promotes nerve regeneration and is used to treat stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer and diseases of immune deficiency, such as AIDS, can be treated with acupuncture because of its ability to regulate T-lymphocyte levels and enhance the immune function. Acupuncture also regulates blood flow, allowing it to treat hypertension and coronary heart disease.