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Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. Acupuncture is considerated the part of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems.  The Chinese have mapped these points over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. The far reaching impact of this ancient, cost effective medical system for healing, wellness, and transformation could well herald the medicine of the future.  So we encourage you to proceed with confidence with new possibilities for health and well being.  

Modern western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works.  Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do.  According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is excess.  In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.  In Chinese there is a saying, “There is no pain if there is free flow. If there is pain there is no free flow."  

The term "acupuncture" describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces:  Yin and Yang*. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. According to TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state"; disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of  Qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Qi* can be unblocked, according to TCM, by using acupuncture at certain points on the body that connect with these meridians. Sources vary on the number of meridians, with numbers ranging from 14 to 20. One commonly cited source describes meridians as 14 main channels "connecting the body in a weblike interconnecting matrix" of at least 2,000 acupuncture points.

 Acupuncture became 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. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.
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