Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with thin needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Oriental medicine, and is among the oldest healing practices in the world. According to the traditional Oriental medicine approach, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of “Qi” through channels known as meridians.
In traditional Oriental culture, Qi (also chi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing like vitality and vital energy. Qi is frequently translated as “life energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Oriental medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “Qi” is “breath”, “air”, or “gas”.
The ancient Asian described it as “life force”. They believed Qi permeated everything and linked their surroundings together. They likened it to the flow of energy around and through the body, forming a cohesive and functioning unit. By understanding its rhythm and flow they believed they could guide exercises and treatments to provide stability and longevity.
Acupuncture’s use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
low back pain
periarthritis of the shoulder
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
induction of labor
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
nausea and vomiting
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
acute bacillary dysentery
acute and chronic gastritis