Acupuncture is part of a system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates back over five thousand years. TCM is the oldest professionally recorded system of medicine on the planet. As a system, Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the use of acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage, nutrition and lifestyle to stimulate the body’s innate healing abilities to restore health and balance.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles is specific points of the body, to stimulate the body’s innate healing systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine postulates that there is a circulation of energy, or Qi, around the body, that flows along specific lines or channels. For many reasons the flow of Qi can become imbalanced, or blocked, which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine can lead to illness or disease. The aim of acupuncture is to find and resolve the root cause of the imbalance to improve the overall health of the client, rather than just looking at the symptoms.
In 2003, the World Health Organization published a landmark study, titled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”. You can read the full report here.
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