What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the most widely used treatment method in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is also the most recognized and taught method in TCM in the Western world.
It presumes the existence of a VITAL ENERGY, or “QI” (pronounced “chi”), that is vital to life and it flows throughout the body. This energy is carried through the body by a system of channels called MERIDIANS. These meridians represent a large system of superficial and deep pathways that enable a connection between the inner and outer features of our bodies.
ACUPUNCTURE POINTS are found on the surface of your body and at very specific locations along the meridians. Acupuncture points have been mapped and documented for thousands of years by Asian societies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, etc.). These points have their own characteristics and implications.
The selection and method of activating these points are determined by the acupuncturist. It is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine energy and pattern diagnosis. By selecting a sequence of points, the treatment will have an effect on one or more bodily organs, areas or functions, and therefore act on a set of varied symptoms related to the initial cause of the irregularity.
Acupuncture is a unique therapeutic method that enables us to influence and treat the interior by using a synergy of points on the exterior aspect of our bodies.
BESIDES NEEDLES, WHAT OTHER TECHNIQUES ARE USED?
An acupuncture treatment can also consist of other methods, such as:
• Moxibustion: This involves burning an herb called mugwort on the end of a needle or near an acupuncture point;
• Ba Guan Zi: The use of suction cups applied to an acupuncture point or moved along a meridian;
• Pi Fu Zhen: Also called plum blossom, which is a small hammer-like took inlaid with seven very fine needle tips that are lightly tapped on the skin.
• Contemporary methods include: The use of mild electric stimulation applied to the needles to enhance the acupuncture treatment and the laser as an option to replace needles.
• Tui Na: A TCM method of treatment that uses specific massage techniques to stimulate points, meridians or regions of the body based on the basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupressure is one of the techniques, amongst many others, used in Tuina.