What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture as one important role of TCM(which includes Acupuncture, Herbs and Tuina) began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.

Acupuncture literally means "needle piercing," the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also can use numbers techniques to stimulate the points. The acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health. In general speaking Acupuncture is used to regulate or correct the flow of qi to restore health.

To really understand how acupuncture works, it is necessary to become familiar with the basics of Chinese philosophy. The philosophies of Qi, yin and yang, the five elements, the channels and the eight principles are all fundamental to traditional Chinese acupuncture and its specific role in helping to maintain good health and a person's well-being.