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Ancient Chinese Acupuncture Facts

Acupuncture is a medical therapy that is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves inserting needles in the skin at specific points known as ‘acupoints’ situated on meridians to stimulate specific points on the body. This procedure helps to stimulate the bodies innate healing abilities, unblock disruptions in the energy pathways and bring the body to a state of health and balance.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the theory of acupuncture, blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi disrupt the body’s internal and external environment leading to disharmony and illness. By stimulating acupuncture points, acupuncturists aim to clear up blockages and restore the patient’s health and energy.

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To better understand how acupuncture works it is useful to think of the body as comprising of many individual systems that are interlinked and affect each other. For example we have a circulatory system, a respiratory system and a cardiovascular system to name but a few. In Traditional Chinese Medicine a body’s energy is vital to good health and flows through a meridian system in the body; and it is that meridian system that acupuncturists use as a diagnostic tool. When an imbalance in this flow of this vital energy arises in one or more of a body’s systems, illness can follow with a large variety of symptoms both physical and emotional. Having identified an imbalance to the flow of Qi an acupuncturist will seek to restore your body’s delicate balance with the insertion of small disposable sterile needles are inserted into specific points along a meridian.

There are more than 365 acupuncture points, located on various meridians that allow Qi to travel throughout the body. Each point has its own healing value and is selected as part of any treatment to restore the balance in the various systems of the body.

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