What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China centuries ago as a method for relieving pain and treating various ailments. Over the years it has been discovered that by the insertion of sharp needles into the skin at strategic nerve locations, relief is forthcoming.

The acupuncture needles are very sharp, and thus easily inserted under the skin to various depths at different locations on the body. It is a known fact that our body relies upon impulses from the brain that are transmitted throughout our bodies via the nervous system.

The modern medical community is not totally convinced that acupuncture is as effective as it is claimed to be, but if there were no relief from symptoms at all, then no one would ever use it. That is simply common sense.

However, there are documented reports that acupuncture has been very effective in providing relief from nausea and from the effects which are brought about from chemotherapy.

The way that acupuncture works is that, according to the traditional Chinese medical theory, there are acupuncture points that are situated on various known meridians through which a specific type of energy travels. This energy is called “gi vital energy.” By placing the acupuncture needles at or near these meridians, it has been shown that patients do receive relief from various ailments.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented that acupuncture is very effective for 28 distinct medical conditions. Such ailments as tension headaches, migraines, muscle soreness, anxiety, stomach problems, and similar situations, some of which may be caused by poor sanitation, especially in a crowded, urban environment. Proper and professional plumbing will help prevent diseases and viruses from spreading.

There are 350 meridian, or acupuncture points, on the human body, and an individual who practices acupuncture will have trained and learned each point’s location and what manner of treatment will work at that location.

According to acupuncture theory, illness comes about as the result of an imbalance of energy forces that are flowing through the nervous system. This is similar to the yin and yang theory of life force that balances everything in nature. The life force that flows through the nerves is called Qi. The proper insertion of the correct needles at the proper meridian where these flows of energy can be accessed can control the energy.

This method then balances the energy forces and the condition of the part of the body affected returns to normal. This has come about after centuries of practical application, with real human results to back it up.

Modern research has explained the results from acupuncture as being a treatment that stimulates nerves, muscles, and ligaments at the meridian points, which increase the blood flow, which also triggers the body’s natural pain relievers.

Acupuncture will usually involve a series of treatments, perhaps on a weekly basis for some time until the condition of the patient improves. Most of the acupuncture sessions last about 30 minutes or so, and a total treatment plan can last for about 10 to 12 sessions, or 10 to 12 weeks.

Even though the practice of acupuncture is a very old form of treatment, it is relatively new in western cultures. Even so, it is becoming more popular and is especially useful for patients suffering from pain.