What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an important traditional Chinese Medicine with a history of over 2500
years. Already used widely throughout Asia and Europe, Acupuncture is considered one
of the newest primary health care modality in the US. So far over 12 million Americans
have turned to Acupuncture for help, and many western physicians as well as medical
researchers have experienced the powerful healing effect that it has for the body.
The concept behind it
The main concept behind Acupuncture is an energy force called “Qi”(pronounced chee)
which circulate throughout the human body using specialized pathways called Meridians
or channels with “Acupuncture points” connecting to the tissues and organs of the body.
It is believed that free flowing of the Qi keeps a person healthy. If the flow of the Qi is
blocked for any reason, illness results. Acupuncture restores the proper balance and flow
of the Qi, returning health to the body. (more about Qi and Qi Gong)
Healing effects of Acupuncture
One of the most common uses of Acupuncture is pain relief. This includes migraine,
backache, period pain, arthritic and rheumatic pain, post-operative pain, and post-injury
The World Health Organization has declared Acupuncture successful treats a variety of
-Ear, nose, and throat disorders: common cold, sinusitis, tonsillitis, hayfever, rhinitis
and tooth pain.
-Respiratory disorders: acute bronchitis and bronchial asthma.
-Gastro-intestinal disorders: gastritis, indigestion duodenal ulcer, hiccoughs, colitis,
constipation and diarrhea.
-Eye disorders: Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, juvenile myopia and mild cataract.
-Neurological and Muscular-skeletal: Trigeminal neuralgia, headache, stroke
syndromes, Meniere's disease, neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, frozen shoulder, tennis
elbow, sciatica, lower back pain and osteoarthritis.
Other conditions treated include menstrual, menopausal and pregnancy related
conditions, stress, depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sports injuries, and drug
Acupuncture is more than just inserting tiny needles into your body. It is a complex
system combining other complimentary techniques including
Herbs are usually taken in addition to Acupuncture to enhance its healing effect. (see U-
Healthy’s herb glossary for more info).
Response to Acupuncture
After a person receives Acupuncture, he or she will experience a sense of general well-
being and relaxation. It is reported that an individual feels an improvement in sleep,
digestion, and overall energy levels. Since Acupuncture heals the body through natural
techniques, side effects are very rare. Mild exacerbation may be felt after first treatment,
but subsides with additional treatment. Acupuncture is safe for person of all ages
including children and the elderly, although treatment for the elderly is usually done to
reduce discomfort and management of the condition.
In short, Acupuncture can strengthen the physical body, prevent disease, control pain,
health enhancement, assist in sports performance, addiction withdrawal, and achieve