Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting thin, sterilized needles into acupuncture points on the body. It is a very important component of traditional Chinese medicine, and it’s been around for over 2000 years, with some theories stating it may have been used as early as 5000 years ago! In its early forms they used stone devices that didn’t pierce the skin, but were pressed on acupuncture points on the body. It’s presumed that before they started using metal, needles were made out of sharpened bones, bamboo slivers and thorns.
The Chinese believe there is a vital force called Qi that flows through all living things. In humans, it flows through 12 meridians, each associated with major organs and functional body systems. Qi is composed of two elements – Yin and Yang – and it’s believed that misbalance of the feminine and masculine energy within the individual blocks the free flow of Qi, thus causing disease in the body.
That’s where acupuncture comes in. Acupuncture practitioners determine in which points on the body is Qi blocked and insert sterilized needles into those points to allow Qi to flow freely. Once Qi is in balance, the person is healed.
Modern science, among other, found acupuncture beneficial for migraines, neck disorders, tension-type headaches, peripheral joint osteoarthritis(1), allergic rhinitis(2).
If you want to find out what’s so special about acupuncture, what the treatment looks like and why over 3 million Americans receive acupunctural treatment each year, download our free handout on Acupuncture.