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Introduction to Acupuncture

Introduction to Acupuncture
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              Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of medicine. This system is about 2000 years old, however there is some evidence to suggest that this system may be about 5000 to 6000 years old, and some investigators hold this belief. The practice of acupuncture consists of a techniques involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body. The larger spectrum of Chinese medicine, which is often traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), consists of a number of ancient medical practices based on mysticism. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (pronounced as chi), the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, Qi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The early Chinese therapists have created a complete map of energy meridians of the entire body. At various points, where energy or Qi blocks are evident, fine needles are placed strategically, and in some cases manipulated with the fingers, or a mild electric current is passed through them. This helps to stimulate the blocked Qi area and allow the free flow of chi energy. According to this philosophy, any block of Qi energy causes illness. The following is an attempt to analyze the current status of acupuncture based on the present knowledge about this ancient science.
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