Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.
Both TCM and Medical Acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles at relevant points on the body usually in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation. Medical Acupuncture does not involve tongue or pulse diagnosis. Rather, a diagnosis is attained through thorough history taking and physical examination. Based on this process, anatomical points that are relevant to the condition are selected for needling. Medical Acupuncture is the biomedical adaptation of Chinese acupuncture methods, and is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology.
In general, contemporary Acupuncture is always integrated with other therapeutic interventions and used either as a first line treatment or as a modality for other treatments. This is dependent on the nature of your problem and on the physiological mechanisms available to your individual case.
As declared by the World Health Organization Acupuncture can be very effective for treating a variety of conditions, but not limited to:
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