What is Acupuncture,

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Acupuncture is an alternative healing system from China. It appears to have a beneficial effect

Understanding Acupuncture

If you look at the map of the globe, a large portion of Asia is occupied by China. It's a land for centuries that has remained obscure, though having a very ancient civilization. Even now Westerners have not understood the Chinese fully. The Chinese isolated from the Western line of thought developed many ancient healing systems and medicines. These can be termed traditional healing systems. This is distinct from Western medical system.

The Science Behind Acupuncture


Acupuncture is the name given to this branch of healing by the Chinese. For centuries this system was unknown to westerners. But with the opening up of China in the twentieth century this system has spilled over to the outside world. Western nations are now having a scientific evaluation of this traditional healing system of the Chinese. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a science that does not follow the normal medical theory. This science -if we can term it as a science is based on the principle that certain points located at vantage areas in the human body, actually govern the chemistry of the body.
These points as per this line of thought are interlinked to certain organs of the human body and can help stimulate these organs. It may sound weird, but it is a traditional method of Chinese medicine and more important has been in vogue for over 2500 years. China and Japan are the leading practitioners of this form of healing. But from the twentieth century it is spreading to all parts of the globe including Europe and the United States. Reports suggest that over 12 million Americans have turned to Acupuncture for help. Its healing effects have been experienced by many well known western physicians as well as medical researchers.
The Chinese are the sole inventors of Acupuncture. However it defies rationale, but the results are cogent and successful. Followers of rational scientific thought are somehow skeptical of this method of healing, for the simple reason that it defies modern medical thought and practice. Rationalists thus insist that there is no anatomical or histological basis for any acupuncture points or meridians to be in existence in the body. What is really Chinese acupuncture theory?

The Basis of Acupuncture

Basis of Acupuncture
Well the Chinese believe that there are 365 acupuncture points in the human body which corresponds to 365 days in a year. In addition there are 14 major meridian lines in the body. Out of these 12 are supposed to represent the 12 main organs of the body. The spine has one meridian aligned with it while another is supposed to be aligned with midline of the abdomen. This does sound out of context of modern medical thought. However Neuroimaging of the human body and further research does give a clue at the possibility that certain acupuncture points may have distinct effects that cannot be predictable anatomically.
Acupuncture theory as enunciated by the Chinese refers to an energy force called "Qi". This energy force is supposed to circulate throughout the human body. The circulation takes place through special pathways called Meridians or channels. The points that connect the body tissues to the organs through the meridians are called 'acupuncture points'. The Chinese believe that this energy force Qi needs to be free flowing for a person to be healthy. In case the flow of Qi is disturbed for any reason then an imbalance is created and is the cause of any subsequent illness. By Acupuncture therapy the Chinese believe that the imbalance is restored and once the energy force Qi is restored the patient recovers.
Acupuncture gives practical results for pain relief. Migraine, backache, period pain, arthritic and rheumatic pain, post-operative pain, and post-injury pain are known to be greatly reduced by use of this therapy. The Chinese believe that by inserting small needles at these points the process of restoring Qi can be commenced. this is the essence of Aquapuncture

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author avatar Madan G Singh
3rd May 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve for a wonderful comment

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
3rd May 2012 (#)

Informative article. Won't it hurt when a number of needles get jabbed into one's body?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd May 2012 (#)

no it does not...sometimes when they move the needle around a bit..but a skilled practitioner knows how...

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author avatar Madan G Singh
4th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Pradeep. The needles dont hurt.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd May 2012 (#)

Very informative and well done thank you Madan...

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author avatar Madan G Singh
4th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia

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author avatar Buzz
3rd May 2012 (#)

Thanks for this informative article, Madan. Interesting.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd May 2012 (#)

Great article Madan, have been having acupuncture for the past 37 years and swear by it...

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author avatar Madan G Singh
4th May 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter. I also got cured through Acupuncture

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author avatar Madan G Singh
4th May 2012 (#)


Thank you Buzz

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author avatar chrysolite
14th May 2012 (#)

Thank you for this great article, Madan! I'm a herbalist myself and generally I can help myself, but when I couldn't in the past, I went to a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I find that the combination of acupuncture and the herbs they give you will absolutely bring about new balance and health.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
14th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Chrysolite

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