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The Basic Ideas of Acupuncture New York

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Acupuncture new york originates from ancient Chinese medicine so basically it is also important to study about Chinese medicine and theories that surrounds this most ancient and useful form of alternative medicine. Chinese medicine sees the body as a small part of the universe which is subject to universal laws and the principals of harmony and balance. It does not draw a sharp line compared to Western medicine. The Chinese system believes that mental and emotional states are every bit as influential on disease as purely as any physical mechanisms. Chinese medicine uses different symbols and ideas to discuss body and health. If Western medicine describes health in terms of measurable physical processes made of chemical reactions, Chinese medicine on the other hand uses ideas like chi, yin and yang, the organ system and the five elements to describe the body and health. Here are some of the basic terms used in Chinese medicine:

  • Yin and Yang, according to Chinese philosophy is the universe and the body that describes two separate complimentary principles that of which is yin and yang. The two principles are always interacting, opposing, and influencing each other and their goal in Chinese medicine is not to eliminate either yin or yang, but to allow the two to balance each other and exist harmoniously together. For example, if a person suffers from symptoms of high blood pressure, the Chinese system would say that the heart organ might have too much yang, and would recommend methods either to reduce the yang or to increase the yin of the heart, depending on the other symptoms and organs in the body. Therefore, acupuncture therapies seek to either increase or reduce yang, or increase or reduce yin in particular regions of the body.
  • Chi is another fundamental concept of Chinese medicine which is the fundamental life energy of the universe. It is invisible and is found in the environment in the air, water, food and sunlight and in the body it is the invisible vital force that creates and animates life. Every individual is born with inherited amounts of chi, and we also get acquired chi from the food we eat and the air we breathe. The level and quality of a person’s chi also depends on the state of physical, mental and emotional balance. Chi moves through the body along channels called meridians.
  • The Organ System in the Chinese system is compose of twelve main organs which is the lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, liver, gallbladder, pericardium, and the “triple warmer”. The latter represents the entire torso region. Each organ has chi energy associated with it, and each organ interacts with particular emotions on the mental level. With twelve organs, there are twelve types of chi which can move through the body, and these move through twelve main channels or meridians. Chinese doctors attach symptoms to organs. Symptoms are caused by yin/yang imbalances in one or more organs so an unhealthy flow of chi to or from one organ to another. Each organ has a different outline of symptoms it can manifest.

Written by Valerie

July 16th, 2010 at 9:12 am