What Is Acupuncture?

what-is-acupunctureThe word 'acupuncture' means needle piercing, and is the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin's surface to stimulate acu-points, or specific anatomic points located along the body's various meridians or energy channels. The meridians, invisible to the eye, are channels through which Chi, or energy flows. Acu-points are specific points on the body where Chi flows closest to the skin's surface. Used for therapeutic purposes, the emphasis of acupuncture is on prevention of illness although it is also used in the treatment of disease. Acupuncture is used frequently for chronic pain conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, and migraines as well as skin disorders, asthma, and allergies.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is also effective in treatment of osteoarthritis, back pain, chemotherapy induced nausea, bladder instability and painful menstrual cycles. Disorders such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and addictions can be treated with acupuncture as well. Acupuncture practitioners, along with piercing the skin with needles, stimulate the acu-points through heat, friction, suction, pressure, or electromagnetic energy. Stimulation of the acu-points is necessary in order to restore health in the body through the balancing of the movement of Chi.

Acupuncture helps Chi energy flow

When Chi flows freely through the meridians, the body is in a state of balance and good health. When Chi is blocked, stagnated, or weakened the body can become prone to physical illness. The individual may also experience emotional or mental ill health. The acupuncturist practitioner, through stimulation of the acu-points, rebalances the body's energy system. Rebalancing the flow of Chi energy restores health and prevents disease development. Acupuncture, in the treatment of chronic pain management, is effective through generating stimulus, or competing signals, which block existing pain signals from reaching the brain. Acupuncture treatment methods and their ability to maintain well-being and health have a basis in various Chinese philosophies, which have to be understood as well.

Yin / yang and Tao are considerations in acupuncture

The concepts of Tao and Yin and Yang are primary considerations that the acupuncturist practitioner incorporates in treatment of various conditions or disorders. Tao, or the path, or way of life, advocates moderation in all things and living in harmony with nature. According to the philosophy of Tao, the acupuncturist applies treatment that results not only in improving health, but also in living closer to the Tao.

Yin and Yang, or the feminine and masculine elements, are the two complementary or opposite energies present in a state of balance within the body, as well as in everything in the universe. Imbalances of Yin and Yang within the body's system can result in ill health. The acupuncture practitioner treats these imbalances to prevent illness and to restore health by applying treatment to various related acu-points.

If you are in the Miami area, we offer acupuncture and massage treatments in our Community Clinic. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.


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