What is Acupuncture?
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and
suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange
and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and
continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on
concepts of "vital energy," "energetic balance" and "energetic imbalance." Just
as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels
and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses
the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as
"meridians and channels".
The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating
certain areas along these "meridians". Traditionally these areas or "acupoints"
were stimulated by fine, slender needles. Today, many additional forms of
stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers.
Still, the aim remains the same - adjust the "vital energy" so the proper amount
reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.
Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of
healing known as Oriental Medicine. Oriental Medicine includes herbology,
physical therapy, dietetics and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong),
and is a complete medical system unto itself and is not another branch of modern
Western medicine. Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to
Oriental thinking and Oriental Medicine, and is most effectively applied when
done in accordance with those principles.
Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center also provides information
about Chinese medicine.
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