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How is Acupuncture Done

Ancient China has given us a great deal by way of medicine and acupuncture, which has similarities with acupressure, is one of them. Both these techniques use the energy paths in the body to make health possible by stimulating the flow of energy. When a person is healthy, energy (Chi or Qi) is free flowing through the meridians whereas when one is ill or injured, there is no free flow of this energy as it gets blocked. Along the body's exterior surface, there is a total of three hundred and sixty five different points of acupuncture scattered around, all of these points follow fourteen main meridian paths.
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Ancient China has given us a great deal by way of medicine and acupuncture, which has similarities with acupressure, is one of them. Both these techniques use the energy paths in the body to make health possible by stimulating the flow of energy. When a person is healthy, energy (Chi or Qi) is free flowing through the meridians whereas when one is ill or injured, there is no free flow of this energy as it gets blocked. Along the body's exterior surface, there is a total of three hundred and sixty five different points of acupuncture scattered around, all of these points follow fourteen main meridian paths.

The blockage is freed when acupressure or special needles are applied at specific points on the meridian where the 'chi' is trapped. This can be compared to a river blocked with debris; removing the blocking debris allows the river to freely flow without obstruction. Acupuncture regulates the flow of 'chi' so it flows at a steady pace, not too fast and not too slow.

The needles were found in the late Shang Dynasty archeological digs and it can be seen that for at least 4000 years China has been practicing this type of medicine. Acupuncture is of three kinds: traditional Yin/Yang Theory, Five Elements and the Western or medical acupuncture. Though the diagnostic approach used by all the three methods is similar, the causes attributed to the illness and the treatment of the illness varies from one method to the other.

As the name suggests Five Element Acupuncture follows the five element cycle of Chinese medicine and it also takes the relationship between the mind and body seriously in the diagnosis of illnesses as much as the physical causes. Based on this, it believes that physical cure can be achieved only by removing the mental stress first.

Although fiv elements acupuncture may help curing a person completely from his physical aliments it is a slow and gradual process because it begins by treating the fundamental causes of the ailment. The old yin/yang theory of acupuncture mainly concentrates in bringing back the entire balance of the yin and yang in the human body. Combinations of the different acupuncture points on the meridians are simultaneously stimulated so that more than one element is affected.

Western Acupuncture has a tendency of focusing on the short-term, urgent treatment which combines Western and Eastern medical techniques. There are two sub-categories of the medical aspect, the first, anesthetic acupuncture, is used in surgical and dental procedures. Again it is used as a temporary pain reliever or as an analgesic for immediate effect.

Reputable medical research has found it to be effective in treating depression, allergies, asthma, arthritis, infertility, gynecological disorders, migraines and high blood pressure. Acupuncture has been very successful in treating illnesses that do not go away with normal medication; it has also helped in treating psychological disorders that are related to a person's well being.

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