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Acupuncture: What is it?

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Acupuncture is known as an imported health care system from China. It is also understood as traditional Chinese medicine or Oriental Medicicne which has a history of more than 2000 years. Acupuncture is a part of the Oriental medicine which includes natural herb medicine, moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese physiscal therapies including tai chi. However, this traditional medicine has been widely introduced through needle acupuncuture in America. Needle acupuncture alone works much of this traditional medicine, even though natural herb is well prescribed with it.

Acupuncture treats diseases by punctureing certain points in the human body with metal needles. Hairlike thin, sterile and disposable needles are inserted into points along the energy channels in the body to stimulate the fold of energy. There are 14 major channels in our body which govern the whole body system. 12 channels also called meridians are located each side of the body as a pair and one mid line of the front body, and the other midline of the back. These major energy channel course through the human body including the head, body, arms, hands, legs, feet, and internal organs.

It promotes smooth circulation of the channels to get body balance of Yin & Yang, which is known as homeostasis to treat diseases and to prevent them.

According to biochemical ans neurological research, acupuncture works by activiating a natural pain-suppression system in the brain. Acupuncture has the systemic effect of increasing endorphins which leads to pain relief, enhanced energy and vitality as well as strengthening the body's immune sysem so that it has the ability to fight the disease. It is not a painful procedure, nor side affects, but calming and restoring body function balanced to homeostasis. Also, it is developed for cosmetic skin care and helps body weight control bringing an aid of behavior changes.

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