Acupuncture is a centuries-old healing therapy that in recent decades has experienced a growth in popularity as a mainstream medical treatment. With all the talk about acupuncture these days, you may be left wondering, “What is acupuncture and does it actually work?” Below is some general acupuncture information to help you gain a better understanding of this ancient healing practice:
What Is Acupuncture?
From the Latin words “acū” (with a needle) and “pūnctūra” (pricking), the literal translation of acupuncture is “to prick with a needle.” The objective of acupuncture therapy is to promote overall health and wellness, alleviate pain and treat a host of diseases and medical issues. Acupuncture involves the placement of ultra fine needles at strategic pressure points on the body to relieve pain and treat a wide range of medical conditions. Acupuncture practitioners know which pressure points are associated with which medical conditions and use this knowledge on a case-by-case basis to treat each patient’s individual ailment.
The Theory Behind Acupuncture
The theory behind acupuncture therapy involves the regulation of the flow of energy in the body called qi (pronounced “chee”), which is a central concept in traditional Chinese medicine. Qi is the body’s life force, and disruptions in the flow of this energy are thought to be responsible for all types of diseases and medical conditions. Qi is thought to move through the body along 12 meridians, which represent major organs and body functions. Acupuncture therapy restores the flow of qi in the body, maximizing overall health and wellness.
Is It Effective?
Although many modern critics argue that the benefit of acupuncture is as a placebo effect only, several recent medical studies indicate otherwise. A study conducted in Germany, for example, revealed that only 15 percent of patients suffering from chronic lower back pain who received traditional acupuncture therapy required pain medication, compared with 34 percent who received “sham” acupuncture therapy, and 59 percent who received conventional medical treatment.
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