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The Ancient Healing Art of Acupuncture

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Acupuncture St Helens is an ancient Chinese way of healing using hair thin needles for the treatment of disorders, ailments or pain.  It has the ability to treat a vast array of disorders in a natural, effective and safe way making it one of the most popular traditional forms of healthcare in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Acupuncture is widely practiced in the United States and Europe. Many mainstream physicians now recommend acupuncture for patients with longstanding or even for some non-longstanding ailments and pain.  Many physicians, in fact are trained medical acupuncturists and they understand the concept and fundamentals of acupuncture as well as its therapeutic benefits in the light of Western medical science.

Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that the body has energy vessels where life-giving energy flows all over the body.  When the body is infiltrated with negative factors like disease, stress, etc., the energy flow is disrupted in the body.  The life-giving energy flowing in the body is called by its Chinese name qi or chi, which means vital force.  The imbalance (energy deficiency or energy excess) causes illness in the body and acupuncture is needed to address this imbalance and remove illness and pain in the body.

When pain causes energy blockage, acupuncture will find a way to restore energy flow  in the body.  Acupuncturists bear a slogan saying “when there is no blockage, there will be no pains.”

The first recorded practice of this beneficial healing tradition was on the reign of the Huang Di Dynasty.  It was said that during this dynasty, the ruler was suffering from a disorder.  Upon consultation with his physician, it was decreed that medical writings be done and compiled by all the physicians in China, this led to the Nei Jing, Asia’s first collection of medical writings. The Nei Jing comprises two parts. The first section dealt with diagnosis, disease and anatomy and the second section, called cosmos, were studies regarding traditional acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture’s golden age came during the Tang and Sui dynasties.  These eras were a time when education and writings regarding acupuncture became part of the medical curriculum taught in schools.  The techniques and methods of acupuncture were steadily developed during the Ming Dynasty.  New discoveries of techniques and applications of acupuncture were made during that time, which now is still practiced by both medical and traditional acupuncturists alike.

With acupuncture updated to adapt to 21st medical technology, its potentials will only lead to greater uses for illnesses that traditionally were thought to be outside the capacity of acupuncture to treat.  The key to understanding how acupuncture really works will be the goal of Western science.  Once acupuncture is fully understood, this wonderful treatment can then be appreciated and utilized optimally as a treatment for many more human maladies.

Written by Valerie

October 15th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Posted in Acupuncture