Monday, January 19, 2009

How Does Acupuncture Work

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Recent scientific experiments have proved that the human body is a complex bioelectrical system. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupoints are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy which influences the health of the entire human body.

Acupuncture is a system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease according to traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the immune system and the flow of one抯 Qi or natural healing energy. The stimulation of acupoints on the body as a means of treating disease is likewise transmitted through the meridians by regulating the Qi to influence physiological, emotional and psychological functions in the mind and body and to cure the disease. A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in their body. If that flow is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, illness may occur. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance.

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