What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that uses needles
and/or other stimuli (e.g. pressure, vacuum, electricity, heat) on the
body anatomically defined locations or acupoints, to balance the flow
of vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chee”). By restoring the
balance of Qi in the body, acupuncture not only heals disease and pain,
but also promotes the wellness of a healthy person.
According to scientific research, these so-called acupoints correspond
to areas on the surface of the body that have been shown to have greater
electrical conductance due to the presence of a higher density of gap
junctions along cell borders. A greater metabolic rate, temperature,
and calcium ion concentration are also observed at these points.
Acupuncture is a natural and holistic treatment that has been recognized
by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective therapy for many
conditions and is practiced in many countries around the world today.