Acupuncture is a form of therapy and of health maintenance first developed in the far and near east over 5,000 years ago. Specific points on the skin are stimulated in order to affect an energy balance in the body. These points are located on bioelectrical channels of energy called meridians. This energy circulates through all the organs and parts of the body through fourteen main channels. Twelve are bilateral, and two are central. There is a continuous circulation of energy from one channel to the other in a particular pattern which was well defined by the Chinese. Stimulation of one or a combination of key acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.
If we were to compare a 175 pound man on one end of seesaw and a 45 pound child on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would be “broken” due to the fact the heavier person would be sitting on the ground, and the lighter would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing a symptom of being broken – extensive examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is in the balance. Correction of the balance corrects the problem.
Acupuncture works by restoring normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of acupoints located on the twelve meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle is just one.
Historians have stated, “More people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”
Acupuncture textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to Acupuncture. The World Health Organization, working in close harmony with the International Acupuncture training center of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has indicated acupuncture is effective in the following conditions:
Acute and chronic pain relief, migraine, tension, cluster and sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, cervical (neck) pain, and mid-back pain, low back pain, shoulder, tennis elbow, post-operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurologic syndrome, various eye problems, infertility, etc., etc.