What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Based on natural law and energy, acupuncture is a complex system of diagnostic corollaries that treat the person as a whole rather than only focusing on specific isolated symptoms.
The essence of acupuncture is to balance yin and yang in order to keep the normal flow of energy unblocked. Acupuncture is also used to maintain or restore health to the body and mind by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. Because of its ability to promote healing in the body it has been proven beneficial to those in eating disorder treatment centers and for those seeking treatment for drug abuse.
Practice of Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment involves stimulation of points on the body by penetrating the skin with metallic, hair-thin needles. Needles placed into the body vary in amount and depth reached. Each needle can stay in place for as long as an hour, but the typical time length is approximately 25 minutes.
Twirling, warming, and electronic energizing is not uncommon in acupuncture and can intensify the session. If electricity is the effect chosen, a light prickling sensation will follow, increasing or decreasing in strength depending on the acupuncturist and your own preferences.
TCM theorizes that there are nearly 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body which are connected by 12 main meridians and 8 extraordinary pathways. These meridians conduct energy or Qi throughout the body. Qi, the life force, regulates spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang.
Twelve Main Meridians
The 12 meridians are separated into Yin and Yang, with various meridians on the legs and arms. Each meridian represents a biological function in the body and thus may not be anatomically placed.
- Large Intestine
- Small Intestine
- Urinary Bladder
- Triple Warmer
- Gall Bladder
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture pain management brings both physical and emotional relief to those suffering from both acute and chronic discomfort as it is best know for controlling pain. It has also been helpful for those in drug rehab facilities, bulimia centers, anorexia treatment facilities and for those seeking help with various psychological disorders. Mental clarity is another benefit of acupuncture. This is because acupuncture helps to balance the body’s natural flow of energy.
Can acupuncture benefit healthy people? Many people use acupuncture in order to prevent illness. It is also used as a way of keeping the immune system healthy.