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What Is Acupuncture

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As a part of the larger system of Oriental medicine, acupuncture prevents and treats disease by balancing the flow of energy within the body. Everyone is born with a certain amount of energy.

The events of daily life “subtract” from the energy stores, while food and air replenish what has been lost. Disease is the result of an energy imbalance in all or part of the body.

The body’s energy constantly flows through 12 major “meridians,” or tiny channels. Like the blood vessels, these meridians are believed to be tube like structures filled with fluid, that have smaller, subsidiary meridians branching out from the main ones. At various designated points, meridian branches touch the surface of the skin.

The body’s energy flow can be influenced by manipulating these areas known as “acupuncture points” with needles, manual stimulation, heat or electricity.

The 12 main meridians are:

• The Lung Meridian, which runs from the top of the chest down  the inside of the arm to the thumb, and may be used to treat  lung and other ailments.

• The Large Intestine Meridian, which runs from the tip of the index finger up to the eye, and may be used to treat head, nose, ear, teeth, neck and other ailments.

• The Stomach Meridian, which runs from the head down to the foot, and may be used to treat stomach, intestinal, head and other ailments.

• The Spleen Meridian, which runs from the foot up to the chest, and may be used to treat disease of the reproductive, urinary and gastrointestinal systems.

• The Heart Meridian, which runs from the chest down the arm SOW to the hand, and may be used to treat heart, nervous system and other ailments.

• The Small Intestine Meridian, which runs from the hand to the what wor head, and may be used to treat head, face, shoulder and other ailments.

• The Bladder Meridian, which also runs from the head to the foot, and may be used to treat head, spine and other ailments.

• The Kidney Meridian, which runs from the foot to the chest, and may be used to treat urinary and reproductive disorders.

• The Heart Constrictor Meridian, which runs from the chest to the hand, and may be used to treat heart, stomach, nervous  system and other ailments.

• The Triple Heater Meridian, which also runs from the hand up to the head, and may be used to treat heart and other ailments.

• The Gallbladder Meridian, which runs from the chest down to the the foot, and may be used to treat problems with the limbs, common chest and other parts of the body.

• The Liver Meridian, which also runs from the foot up to the akematii chest, and may be used to treat problems with the liver, professic gallbladder, reproductive and urinary systems.

In addition to carrying energy throughout the body, the meridians run close to the nerves at various points in the body. Thus, the meridians and nerves can sometimes be stimulated simultaneously. Very thin acupuncture needles are inserted at the acupuncture points to stimulate the flow of sluggish energy, or to disperse stagnant energy.

In addition to or instead of needles, the acupuncturist may use techniques such as:

• Acupressure. Hands-on manipulation of the body points.

• Auriculotherapy (“ear acupuncture”). Using acupuncture points on the ear that correspond to various points in the body. To help locate points in the ear, French doctors devised the upside down person system. The bottom part of your ear, your ear lobe, contains the points for your head. As you move up your ear, you come to points representing lower and lower parts of your body.

• Moxibustion. The burning of an herb called moxa at designated acupuncture points on the body.

Diagnosis of disease is a subtle process, with the acupuncturist asking many questions about the patient’s symptoms, personal and family history, appetite, bowel habits, etc. He or she will study the patient’s skin, tongue, eyes, fingernails and other parts of the body, as  well as the urine and stool.

The acupuncturist will also listen to the sounds made by the patient’s speaking voice, breathing and bowels, and will pay careful attention to the pulse.  Although acupuncture was brought to the United States by Chinese inimigrants in the 1800s, it was not until President Nixon initiated the “opening” with China that American doctors began studying the healing art.

The World Health Organization has listed more than 100 conditions that are treated by acupuncture, including asthma,pain, ulcers, headaches and osteoarthritis. More than 30 states now license acupuncturists. Other health specialists, including physicians and chiropractors, may also use acupuncture.

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