Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the oldest systems of medicine dating back 4,000 years. It is the most commonly used system of healing in the world.
The theory of acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee), the vital force or energy of the human body. According to TCM, Qi is circulated in all parts of the body via energy channels or pathways called meridians. This energy flow is more or less similar to the circulatory system and nervous system. In case, there is an interruption or blockage or imbalance in the flow of Qi in the meridians, it causes pain and illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance.
Various factors affect the smooth flow of Qi, such as injury, poor nutrition or improper diet, organ malfunction or infection by harmful microorganisms. Other factors that disturb the balanced flow of Qi are extreme climatic conditions (cold, wind, heat), as well as the emotional state (pleasure, dejection, stress) of an individual.
Acupuncture restores the balance, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.
Common Conditions Treated with Acupuncture:
Overall, the Chinese have mapped the presence of 361 acupoints in the major meridians. Below is a list of conditions and circumstances for which people commonly find acupuncture treatment to be effective.
General: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care.
Women's Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems.
Men's Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence.
Pediatrics: Asthma, Cough, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems.
Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below is a list of disorders for which acupuncture is effective (according to the NIH):