Acupuncture has a history dating back to 100 BCE. The first document that described an organised system of diagnosis and treatment which today is known as acupuncture is The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Acupuncture treatments involve the of use acupuncture needles which are inserted into body at certain locations. The treatments are used to stimulate Qi which is the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture aids in harmonising the flow of Qi and helps restore wellbeing.
Most basically, Meridians or energetic lay lines, have been mapped throughout the human body. These meridians flow within the body and not on the surface. Each meridian exists in a corresponding pair and has many acupuncture points along its path. The meridian system consists of twelve main channels. Each channel or meridian has many specific, recognised acupuncture points. Although the meridians themselves are not thought of as physically identifiable, their existence is proved by observation of the effect of stimulating various pressure points.
Acupuncture points are described in Chinese Medicine theory according to their effects on the four main substances: Qi, Yin, Yang and Blood. Their effects are nourishing or sedating, moving, heating or cooling. There have been multiple studies to show how acupuncture works and these studies are validated with scientific analysis. The result of the studies have shown that acupuncture helps produce endorphins that contribute to pain relief as well and help promote the production of white blood cells. Acupuncture treats a wide range of disorders that include neurological and cardiovascular conditions as well as respiratory conditions, digestive disorders and skin conditions.