As in many oriental medicine practices, the emphasis of acupuncture
is on prevention. In traditional Chinese medicine, the highest form of
acupuncture was given to enable you to live a long, healthy life.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing," the practice of
inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific
anatomic points in the body (called acupoints) for therapeutic
purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the
fine needles, the practitioners also use heat, pressure, friction,
suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points.
The acupoints are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in
the body to restore health.
Acupuncture involves stimulating. In the past 40 years acupuncture
has become a well-known, reasonably available treatment in developed
and developing countries. Acupuncture is used to regulate or correct
the flow of qi to restore health.
To really understand how acupuncture works, it is necessary to
become familiar with the basics of Chinese philosophy. The philosophies
of the Dao or Tao, yin and yang, the eight principles, the three
treasures and the five elements are all fundamental to traditional
Chinese acupuncture and its specific role in helping to maintain good
health and a person's well-being.