Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western Medicine. Acupuncture is a traditional part of Oriental medicine with a continuous history of over 3000 years.
The Ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along pathways called 'meridians' Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological system.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern Science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.
* Text on this page from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance www.aomalliance.org
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