Acupuncture is not “folk medicine.” It is a highly developed, systematic, recorded, researched, and peer reviewed form of medicine. It has a massive amount of real-world data to justify the application of techniques based on several thousand years of human trials.
The National Institute of Health’s studies show that it is the most promising of all the complementary and integrative methods researched so far. More people have been treated by acupuncture throughout history than by all other medical treatments combined.
Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine’s view of the body as a system of organs and tissues that are connected by pathways called “meridians.” These pathways are channels through which life energy is passed to each of the body’s systems to keep them properly nourished and functioning. If the pathways become blocked, the tissues and organs that are not receiving the energy can become painful or dysfunctional. Acupuncture helps the body to heal in a natural manner without pain or harmful side effects.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Think of yourself as a computer and the acupuncture points are like the keys on your keyboard. By sending information into the brain via neural receptors on the skin, acupuncture produces neurochemical and electrical triggers that tell the body to begin correcting this or that function, relax this or that muscle, produce more of this hormone, and less of that one, and so on. There are more than 350 acupuncture points on the body that help restore a normal flow of life energy.
How can Acupuncture Help Me?
Is Acupuncture Right for Me?
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