Acupuncture means the stimulation of aÂ certain point or points on or near the surface of the body by theÂ insertion of needles to prevent or modify the perception of pain or to normalize physiological functions,Â including pain control, for the treatment of certain diseases or dysfunctions of the body.
Acupuncture is a primary health care modality that has flourished in China for over 2,500 years and is widelyÂ used throughout Asia and in Europe. It is considered one of the newest primary health care professions.Â The benefits of acupuncture have become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream healthcare.
Far more than a technique of inserting tiny threadlike needles along meridian lines of the body, acupunctureâ€™sÂ complex system of diagnostic corollaries take into consideration you as a whole,not just isolated symptoms.Â The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms but also to increase both the ability to function and theÂ quality of life.
Acupuncture is a therapy that uses natural laws and energetics with the application of needles and pressure to specific â€œpointsâ€ on the body. It is based on the belief thatÂ health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms.
When the flow of energy is blocked for any reason, there is a disruption of health, resulting in pain and illness.Â Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system.Â Acupuncture improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Oriental medicine is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used to defend against diseases for thousands of years. It also has been used as a means of Â prevention of illness and disease.
Each individual herb has different properties such as taste, temperature characteristic and therapeutic action to different organs in the body. When the herbs are combined,Â through mutual harmony, the treatment effect is increased and the side effects reduced. A usual prescription or formula can consist of multiple herbs.
After a diagnosis is made, herbs are selected and combined. The formula is adjusted to fit the patientâ€™s symptoms and diagnosis. It brings about the treatment effect byÂ regulating Qi, blood and body fluids, which are fundamental substances that form the body. When the Oriental herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture,Â it maximizes the effect of the treatment.