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Acupuncture: One Aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is just a part of the complete Traditional Chinese medical system. Acupuncture works on the theory that the body’s vital life energy – Qi (pronounced Chi), flows through the body via channels or meridians. Another way to view this is that just as blood flows through veins, a body’s channel or meridian system is a the body’s energetic circulatory system where vital energy “Qi” flows.
Each meridian connects with one or more of the body’s internal organs as well as other systems throughout the body. When the body’s systems are not in balance, disease and illness occur. Symptoms range from pain, irregular menstruation, headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety to autoimmune disorders. Using the meridian/channel system as the primary diagnostic tool TCM practitioners are able to diagnose where the imbalance arises from and thus repair and heal them.
Acupuncture Points – Acupoints
When an imbalance has been diagnosed the acupuncturist will insert small, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles strategically along specific meridians that correspond to the system that is experiencing an imbalance or disharmony. There are over 350 acupuncture points (acupoints). Each have their own healing effect and are selected by the acupuncturist in accordance to each individual’s signs and symptoms as part of an acupuncture point treatment for a patient’s overall health and healing.
Acupuncture as Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine
When looking for an acupuncturist, many people don’t realise that qualified acupuncturists have much more to offer than just sticking needles in different areas of the body. In fact, acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine also includes treatments like Chinese herbal medicine, energy therapy (Chi Gong) and Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) techniques.
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