What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - a comprehensive system of health care with a history of over 3000 years. According to TCM theory, human body has 14 channels called meridians. Meridians form a network along the body that carries a universal life energy called Qi. TCM theory believes that Qi can be enhanced, improved and nourished. Along the meridians, there are many points called acu-points. Each acu-point may be considered as a switch that controls the flow of energy. Malfunction of these switches may result in blockage of energy flow. TCM theory believes that illnesses are the result of meridian blockage which causes disruption of the flow of Qi. Regulating (stimulating) acu-points can unblock the meridians.
WHAT can be treated?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), the health conditions that may be treated with acupuncture include:
- Neurological & Emotional Disorders:
headache, migraine, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stroke rehabilitation.
- Musculoskeletal Disorders:
arthritis, neck & back pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ disorders.
- Gynecological & Reproductive Disorders:
menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, assisted reproductive technology support, morning sickness.
- Gastrointestinal Disorders:
dyspepsia, gastritis, reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome.
In addition, other commonly treated problems include asthma, cold and flu, chemo and radiation therapy side effects, nicotine and drug withdrawal symptoms.