Acupuncture (AP) is part of the
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is based on ancient Chinese
concepts of health and disease, including the theories of Yin-Yang, Qi,
Change, Five Phases, the Six Evils, oriental diagnostic methods and the
necessity for balance/control in all aspects of life. The Chinese
maintained that illness is a state of imbalance in the normal energy
flow of the body and that AP acting on the channels of energy (the
meridians or AP channels) restores this natural flow.
In the western
understanding of AP is based on the knowledge of the input/output
terminals of a two-way system of data transmission between superficial
reflex (reactive) points and the organs or parts that are related to
these points via the neuro-endocrine system.
Both ways of
looking at and understanding AP are equally valid and helpful.
placing either very fine needles, laser or digital (finger) pressure on
/ into specific points of the body to produce the desired balancing
effect which would lead to healing. If electrodes are attached to the
needles and a current passed through to enhance the effect, it is called
Electro-Acupuncture. See picture below.
Individuals vary in
their sensitivity to acupuncture treatment. Also different conditions
require different rates of stimulation; so it is hard to accurately
predict how often treatment will be required. On the whole, chronic
conditions are treated weekly for 4-6 weeks and then as often as is
required to maintain the response. Acute conditions may require more
respond very well to acupuncture
and accept the needles well, often relaxing or falling asleep during
It is specifically
useful in conditions that do not respond well to orthodox medication, or
in cases where there is much side effects to orthodox medication, thus
reducing, minimizing or avoiding side effects all together.
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