Facts About Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a component of ancient East Asian systems of medicine and a holistic therapy based on the theory that the body depends on life energy (bio-energy), known as Qi (pronounced "chee") being in balance. Qi flows through specific pathways or "highways" throughout the body called Meridians, along which the acupuncture points are found.
An "Acupuncturist" is a health practitioner who takes a holistic approach to the maintenance of health and the management of disease, with a focus on improving overall well-being. Imbalances, they are trained to recognize, are traditionally corrected in the body by inserting fine needles into strategically placed points on the body, thus helping the natural healing processes of maintaining or restoring good health and relieving pain. Today, acupuncturists also use non-needle forms of acupuncture to penetrate the skin and stimulate the points without puncturing it.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a range of emotional and physical conditions from musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, gynecological, neurological and stress-related disorders, to traumatic or work related acute or chronic injuries and illnesses.
It is an effective form of medical treatment that assists in a complete holistic and complementary health care system promoting natural healing and pain relief. A drug-free therapy for a wide variety of common ailments and problems, an increasing number of Western doctors and scientists agree it is a safe and reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions. The World Health Organization has formally proclaimed acupuncture as an effective medical treatment for over 43 conditions. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) endorsed acupuncture, stating: “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.”
Acupuncture has been around for over 3000 years and its longevity is testament to the fact that it works!