The principle of traditional Chinese medicine was established 2000 years ago. This is when the concept of Yin-Yang balance and the theory of Five Phases was introduced. According to the theory, the life of a human being is based on the balanced body, the circulation of energy (chi) and the blood (xue). If the Yin and Yang of every part is balanced, the person is healthy. If it is not, the imbalanced part can be considered to have either Yin or Yang deficiency or excess and has caused the illness.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for over a thousand years. In that time, it has systematically summarized its experiences and medical theories and developed the illustrations of the human anatomy.
The simple way of diagnosis is to take the pulse on a wrist and check the symptoms of the tongue. The treatment is then divided into two types: internal and external. Herbs are used either internally, externally or both. Acupuncture, Shiatsu and moxibustion are external treatments. Other preventive methods are Tai chi, and Chi Gong.
Chinese medicine is a universal way of thinking with relevant connections of the human body to the natural environment. It explores the mind and body connections for signs of stress, observing the body dynamically. The practitioner is guided by his instincts and experiences in order to emphasize the individual condition in order to return the person to good general function.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of encouraging the body to promote self healing and to improve function. This is done by the insertion of sterile needles into the body at specific points which have been proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The traditional Chinese explanation of acupuncture is based on theories of the flow of energy and blood through energy channels or meridians. They are like rivers traveling through organs and the entire body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that docks up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unlock the obstructions at the dock point and reestablish regular flow. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalance in digestion, absorption, energy production and the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
According to the explanation of modern science, the stimulation of acupuncture points signals the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and the brain. It is that chemical release that influences the body’s internal regulating system. The improved energy balance by acupuncture results in the enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities so that it promotes physical and emotional well-being.
As energy is directed in the body, the internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place.
HOW DEEP DO THE NEEDLES GO?
It depends on the nature of the problem, the age of the person, their size, and constitution. In general, needles are inserted from 0.3” to 1” in depth.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture is usually painless. Once the correct stimulus of the needles is obtained, you should feel some tingling, heaviness, or electric sensation, either around the needle or traveling up and down the affected energy pathway or meridian.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE?
The World Health Organization has publicly announced that acupuncture is suitable for:
* All types of pain
* Ear, nose and throat disorders, toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis, acute chronic otitis, acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, nasal catarrh, and acute tonsillitis
* Respiratory disorders, bronchial asthma in adults and children
* Gastro-intestinal disorders, oesophagal and cardio spasms, gastroptosis, acute or chronic gastritis, sour stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, acute or chronic colonitis, acute bacillary dysentery, constipation, diarrhea, and pralyticileus
* Eyes disorders, acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, near-sightedness in children, and cataracts
* Neurological and muscular disorders. Headaches, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis, post-stroke paresis, peripheral neuritis, neurological bladder dysnfunction, bed wetting, intercostals neuralgia, cervical syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, and lower back pain.
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