Acupuncture is one of the Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques which has been used and developed for several thousands of years. According to TCM, the vital energy called Qi (pronounce Tchi) flows in our body through a complex network of meridians. These meridians connect all of our organs and tissues with our spirit.
Under normal circumstances, the movement of Qi in our body flows freely and smoothly. This translates into our ability to maintain a good and balanced state of health. When we are ill, the movement of Qi has somehow been disrupted and can no longer flow freely. A healthy individual still has the ability of restoring the flow of Qi and bring the body back to its initial state of balance. If our body is no longer able to regain that balance, recovering from an illness without treatment might take longer or not at all in some cases.
The use of the acupuncture stimulates our body and spirit, putting into movement the vital energy Qi needed for recovery. This flow of energy reaches all our organs, our deepest tissues, our mind. It triggers many chemical reactions which in turn will lead to a quicker recovery and a better health.
Any disease whether benign or severe always follows a disturbance of this flow of energy. Such disturbances can be related to various internal or external factors such as pathogens, our environment, our nutrition, our emotions and much more.
During an acupuncture treatment, the therapist will use extremely fine needles on specific acupuncture points on the body. These acupuncture points are often located along the main meridians as well as other areas on the body. The choice of the points will allow a better movement of the energy, which in turn promotes the self-regulatory capacity of the body.
Acupuncture increases the natural resistance, brings the body back into a balanced state. It also creates a better harmony between body and mind, which is needed for a good health. In addition, it is also used traditionally in a preventive manner.
The choice of the acupuncture points is made once the acupuncturist has finalised the diagnosis according to chinese medicine principles. This diagnosis is made using various basic principles. This can be through a simple observation of the patient, through palpation of the body, the meridians, the acupuncture points, through enquiry of the existing and past symptoms, illnesses, complaints. Other important aspects of the diagnosis are the pulse taking, which is different from the western one, as well as the observation of the tongue.
Acupuncture can be a good complement to Western Medicine as well as to other types of alternative therapies. It can be used for a vast range of symptoms or diseases, either in a curative or supportive way.