Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles in the body’s surface in order to affect the physiological functions of the body. It helps to alleviate pain and promotes health. Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practice of TCM and acupuncture has been utilized for over 5000 years.
The acupuncturist assesses the body according to “vital energy”, or Qi (Chi). Qi is believed to flow through the body along specific meridians and channels. TCM philosophy believes that disease and pain is caused when this Qi is blocked or stagnated along these meridians. The insertion of needles in certain acupoints along these meridians is said to release the Qi, causing energy to flow along the meridians correctly and therefore returning the body to its natural state of health.
So far, modern research has described various physiological shifts following acupuncture, such as beneficial changes in the body’s own natural painkillers, anti-inflammatory agents, immune system functions and hormonal activity. Despite the powerful technology available today, even the modern physicists cannot explain exactly how this ancient healing therapy works. Perhaps in the near future, the actual chemical and electromagnetic events that occur during acupuncture will be described. Although it is not understood it continues to gain popularity because the dramatic results that it produces. Acupuncture is a painless, drug-less healing art that has stood the test of time.
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