Once, Lao Tzu, a legendary Chinese philosopher, said, "Health is the greatest possession." Often we fully realize this wisdom when we are not well. Chinese medicine is preventive in its nature and helps preserve the treasure of health. But it is also a complete holistic medical system with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, and therapies. While it can heal illnesses, it can also improve recuperative power, immunity, and the capacity for work and creativity. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine. It has prevented and treated diseases for at least 3,000 years.
Acupuncture is one of the main treatment methods used in Chinese medicine and one of the oldest medical practices used in the world. It is gaining more and more popularity for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, as well as myriad of other conditions. This practice has evolved and been refined on innumerable patients over the last 3000 years. Today acupuncture is practiced all over the world and includes many styles and traditions. It has been recognized as a viable treatment for many health conditions and is increasingly being included in the health care services of many hospitals and clinics. Many celebrities use and promote acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a method of healing that re-balances the body by inserting very thin, solid, hair like needles at specific points on the body. In Chinese these points are called “neural nodes” (jie) and the stimulation of these nodes affects the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties. The needles harmonize the body and stimulate its natural ability to recover from illness. Acupuncture improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely. In a general sense, it works by stimulating the body's own internal resources for healing.
Originally Chinese medicine was mainly used as a preventative care. In ancient China physicians were paid if they kept their clients healthy, not once their patients became ill. Acupuncture is a preventative treatment, as it balances the body and allows for self-regulation and efficient functioning of all of the systems within it.
Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment option with virtually no side effects when administered by an experienced practitioner. If your only options are more medications, injections or surgery, this is a very safe and conservative therapy to try first.