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What Is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that can be used to treat a variety of diseases, symptoms, and conditions. It works through the insertion of very thin stainless steel needles into precise locations on the body. The insertion of these needles opens up the meridians, or energy channels, in the body which become obstructed in the presence of disease. By opening these meridians, we are able to bring our body back to a state of balance.
What Can Acupuncture Help?There are 361 acupoints that are found along the major meridians of the body. Depending on the condition, varying acupoints will be utilized. These acupoints may be combined in numerous ways to help conditions, symptoms, and diseases including (but not limited to): Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Biliary colic Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Headache Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Induction of labour Knee pain Leukopenia Low back pain Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting Neck pain Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) Periarthritis of shoulder Postoperative pain Renal colic Rheumatoid arthritis Sciatica Sprain Stroke Tennis elbow
What Is The History Of Acupuncture?Acupuncture is an Ancient Chinese form of healing that has been practiced since long before recorded history. Acupuncture philosophy is rooted in the Daoist traditions of meditation and observation of the flow of energy through the universe. The earliest written account of Acupuncture used for medical treatment is found in the first book of Chinese Medicine which was compiled around 200 B.C.: "Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine)". The original needles used in Acupuncture were made of stone and bamboo. These needles have been dated back over 4000 years, but were replaced during the Warring States Era (421-221 B.C.) with metal needles made of silver and gold. For thousands of years following, Acupuncture became more documented and refined by famous physicians such as Wang Weiy, Sun Simiao, and Zhen Quan. Finally, in 1950, Chairman Mao united Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine, bringing Acupuncture into hospitals to be used as treatment in a modern medical setting.
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