Acupuncture is one modality that is part of a very rich and collective fundamental medical system, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is a practice built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practitioners.
How Acupuncture effects the body can be explained in western medical terms and in the traditional sense of how and why the medicine was developed.
First, we will discuss the traditional explanation of TCM. A person’s health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of one’s life force or Qi. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of these two forces. Qi and Energy flows through meridians, or pathways in the human body. The meridians and energy imbalances are accessible through hundreds of acupuncture points on the body. Tiny needles are inserted into these points to help restore the body’s healthy state. The flow of Qi can be disrupted by stress, injury, food, environmental disturbance or past emotional traumas. We carefully select a combination of certain points that opens your meridians, clears blockages and relieves symptoms.
While the benefits, results and ailments treated are the same regardless of how Acupuncture is explained, I find it important to put it in perspective for the Western and Eastern minded alike.
When it comes to a Western approach there are many ways it influences the nerves and cardiovascular systems. A large body of evidence indicates that acupoints have abundant supply of nerves. According to Chen Shaozong, “For 95% of all points in the range of 1.0 cm around a point, there exist nerve trunks or rather large nerve branches.”
The following is a list of mechanisms that have been identified so far:
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