Acupuncture is derived from the Latin words acus (needle) and pungere (puncture).
Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and dates back many thousands of years, being one of the oldest forms of medicine. It is a time-tested therapy, being more recently acknowledged as the go-to natural therapy for the modern world.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views illness as a disharmony and imbalance within the body. Acupuncture is based on balancing this disharmony by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, to help regulate the energy flow also known as Qi. The original theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the flow of “qi” (often translated as “energy”) through a system of channels under the skin governs the healthy functioning of the body. Illness occurs when the flow of qi is disrupted.
How can the flow of Qi in the body become disrupted?
The flow of qi can be disrupted in a variety of ways, including emotional upheaval, physical trauma, poor diet, and overwork.
The most appropriate treatment for each patient can be chosen by examining the underlying cause and how it has affected the body. The body’s balance can be restored by inserting fine needles at various points along the channels. Acupuncture treatment revolves around treating each patient as an individual, which is critical in assisting the body to rebalance itself. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, whether used alone or in conjunction with other therapies.
Did you know? There are over seven hundred acupuncture points on the body!