Acupuncture and History

In traditional Chinese Acupuncture and History of medicine, it is believed that health is a result of the harmonious balance between the complementary extremes, yin and yang and the life force known as qi or chi.

Qi which has also been described as "vital energy" of the body.

There are twelve key pathways in the body
that run vertically, bilaterally, and symmetrically.
Each pathway is associated to points across the body
which affects a particular organ or other body part.


This energy flows through channels or pathways throughout the body and it is believed that ill health and disease may result from an imbalance or blockage of these forces.



(Bourne, 2001, 43) “In acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist inserts thin needles at specific points of the body. Most people feel only a slight prick or no pain at all from the procedure. Typically the needles are left in place for twenty or thirty minutes, after which it’s common to feel very relaxed and rejuvenated. Repeated treatments (twice a week for a few weeks) are often needed to correct an ailment such as migraine headaches, allergies, or back pain.”



Prior to the acupuncturist positioning the needles you will be examined and questions asked to form an assessment of your needs. Prior acupuncture and history of past experiences along with any current conditions you are facing will be entered into your file. You will be asked to recline in a chair or lay down so that your body will be relaxed while the treatment is being administered. Once the needles are inserted they may be moved gently to promote stimulation.

I have had acupuncture in the past and have found much relief in my experiences.

The traditional Chinese theory behind acupuncture as medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine. Modern western concepts use a more scientific approach in definition. In these terms it may be easier to comprehend that the nerves, muscles and connective tissue of the body are stimulated by way of needles releasing endorphins and increasing blood flow.

If you look at back issues in reference to acupuncture and history the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance has been cited by the World Health Organization to treat over forty-three conditions including allergies, asthma, back pain, carpal tunnel, colds and flu, constipation, depression, gynecological disorders, headache, heart problems, infertility, insomnia, pre-menstrual syndrome, sciatica, sports injuries, tendonitis and stress.”

Check with your family physician or local hospital for a qualified acupuncturist in your area.

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