is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical tradition of over 3000 years. Acupuncture and TCM are based on an energetic model in comparison to the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy called Qi (pronounced chee) flowing in the human body along specific pathways. Each pathway, called meridian, is associated with a particular physiological system and an internal organ, and communicates with surface of the body at specific locations called acupuncture points. Each point has a specific predictable effect upon the Qi passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, confirming the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. Disease arises when state of imbalance occurs or flow of Qi is blocked within the cyclic system. The functionality of acupuncture is to help remove the blockage and restore the balance by stimulating specific points.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. In most cases, needle insertion only cause minimal discomfort, which is no worse than a mosquito bite. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Heath Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture as an effective way of treating over 200 commonly encountered
clinical disorders, among which are:
Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and neural system, such as arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headache, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, facial paralysis.
Gynecological disorders, such as irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility in women (and men), and PMS.
Circulatory disorders, such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, anemia, high cholesterol, and post-stroke symptoms.
Respiratory disorders, such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies, emphysema and bronchitis.
Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, digestive
weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
Urogenital disorders, such as stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction.
Emotional and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Addictions of alcohol and drugs, and stop-smoking.
Other disorders such as those of eye, ear, nose and throat etc; weight control, chronic and acute pains.