What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one part of Chinese Medicine, a system of healing devised over the past 5,000 years in China. Other components of Chinese Medicine include meditation, qigong, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, massage, and manual therapies such as cupping and moxibustion. The most well known modality is, of course, acupuncture. The earliest acupuncture ‘needles’ unearthed by archeologists date back to 1700 BC and were made of stone.
Based on thousands of years of empirical data, acupuncture points have been identified along pathways of energy that run throughout the body. If there is congestion or weakness anywhere along these pathways, a feeling of dis-ease can result, and if left untreated, can develop into major illness or pain. By stimulating acupuncture points, congestion can be disseminated and areas of weakness will gain more nourishment. Once the proper flow of energy is reestablished, health and well being will ensue.