Acupuncture is am element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and it is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Based on natural law and energy, acupuncture is a complex system of diagnostic corollaries that treat the person as a whole rather than just isolated symptoms. Acupuncture pain management brings both physical and emotional relief to those suffering from both acute and chronic discomfort, and is beneficial for victims of addictions, eating disorders, and various mental disorders as well.
Acupuncture pain management treatment involves stimulation of points on the body by penetrating the skin with metallic, hair-thin needles. TCM theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, and that these are connected by 20 meridians—12 main and 8 secondary pathways. These meridians conduct energy or qi throughout the body. Qi—life force—regulates spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. By balancing this force, acupuncture pain management treatment is highly successful, and the practice has benefits for other manifestations of physical and emotional discomfort as well.
The essence of acupuncture is to balance yin and yang, keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and maintain or restore health to the body and mind by stimulating the body's natural healing abilities which are key to successful acupuncture pain management strategies.