What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient health science whis is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old.
Acupuncture appears strange to most Westernes as its primary application is the utilization of very slender painless needles placed in the skin a various location to relieve pain or affect a body part or function.
Early Asian physicans discovered there is an energy network traversing on or just below the surface of the the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 "acupoints" on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.
Historians have stated, "More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences both ancient and modern"
What is "Meridian Therapy?
Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of a penetrating needle.
Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an acupoint other than a needle, just as there are many different strokes used in swimming
Many practioners use electronic stimulation, laser beam, or pressure massage to effectively treat an acupoint. The principle of Acupuncture does not change, only the technique. This is important to understand especially for those who have a fear of needles yet wish to experience the benefit of Acupuncture.
How does it work?
Far too often in the medical professions, a patient is told after extensive examination, "There is nothing wrong, it is all in your head, or sorry you'll just have to learn to live with it." The examining doctor unable to find the cause of the problem has little else to tell the patient. Fortunately, many physicians are now referring their patients for an Acupuncture evaluation as a last resort.
Asians have reported over thousand of years and now moder science is verifying the fact, not only does the human body have an electro magnetic energy system, it courses through defined channels referred to as "meridians". In normal health this energy field flows unimpeded and is in a balance state. If a disruption occurs, the altered energy flow can produce conditions and symptoms affecting certain organs or parts of and in many cases, the entire body.
If we were to compare the body's 12 primary meridians flowing throughout the body to 12 radio stations in any major city, we will see each station airs at a particular frequency. If a station is broadcasting at 94.5 and the listeners radio is picking up 94.4 there will be static heard. The same is true if the radio picks up 94.6. One frequency would be too high the other too low however the effect is the same. Static. There is nothing wrong with the radio, just something wrong with the fine tuning. This is precisely what may happen within the body when it is not operating at the ideal level of frequency vibration.
Acupuncture's goal is to restore normalcy to the body's energy filed by stimulating a combination of specific acupoints through a number of different applications. The needle is just one of them.
Medical research continues in this country and others to explain acupuncture in western scientific terms what the ancient Asians thousands of years ago had earlier described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why Acupuncture is so effective in pain control and conditional response. However as more discoveries are made the need for more research is indicated.