ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE by Dr. Lily Wong
Acupuncture is a form of healing which is more than three thousand years old but has really only come into the vocabulary of the average American in the past few years. Although many people have been skeptical about acupuncture, it has gained increasing acceptance as acupuncture has helped treat more and more people.
Acupuncture affects the energy level and the functioning of internal organs by either stimulating or depressing their action. Acupuncture works through the insertion of thread-like, stainless steel needles in specific points on the body. These points are grouped along energetic channels (or meridians) that cross the body. Upon insertion, the patient may feel a slight sensation, but the needles are designed to be virtually painless.
According to the World Health Organization, (WHO), Acupuncture therapy is effective for 47 kinds of diseases. Acupuncture therapy treats patients without drugs; it is a completely natural treatment so it does not have side effects as drugs usually do. It raises a patient's own inner forces by enhancing them to allow self-cure. It also raises the patient's own immune system activity, thus preventing disease. Additionally, acupuncture benefits many people who have not been helped by conventional medical methods.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the superficial skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscles at particular acupuncture points and manipulating them.
In TCM, there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that are connected by 12 main meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or “Qi,” between the Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between Yin and Yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of “Qi” throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.