What Is Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an ancient health care system of China that can be traced back over 2,500 years. It teaches that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow cause disease, while using Acupuncture and herbs to correct these imbalances can treat and help the body heal disease.

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy called meridians run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. These meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

Acupuncture has existed in evolving forms since the dawn of recorded literature. Highly effective for pain relief, acupuncture can positively influence the outcome in a great variety of conditions, from digestion disorders, to pain relief, hormonal disorders, and many more.

The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced--by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.