Acupuncture is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is a complete medical system with its own theoretical foundation, diagnosis methods, treatment principles and modalities, and standards of competence and practice. The practice of acupuncture involves inserting ultra-fine needles into the defined specific acupuncture points on meridians of the body, with a specific needling manipulation technique, for prevention and treatment of diseases. Acupuncture maybe used together with moxibustion, cupping, and other TCM treatment modalities.
There are 361 classical acupuncture points on the 14 meridians that cover the entire body and allow energy flow. These acupuncture points and meridians, mapped out thousands of years ago and confirmed by consistent practice, will produce predictable results in the body by skillful insertion and manipulation of specific points. TCM acupuncture promotes natural healing, improves body function, balance and harmony. Modern science has confirmed several beneficial biomedical reactions following acupuncture treatments.
Over the course of thousands of years’ practice, acupuncture has been used to treat hundreds of diseases and conditions. It is proved that acupuncture is effective not only in pain management but can also treat dysfunction of specific organs and systems. TCM acupuncture has been used to treat nausea, trauma, insomnia, addiction, fatigue, hypertension, stroke, stress, mental disorders, menstruation problems, infertility, erectile dysfunction, hypothyroidism, near-sightedness, hearing problems, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis, TMJ, sciatica, knee pain, tennis elbow, just to name a few.
Acupuncture is widely accepted for its natural curative effects, wide range of indications, simple and safe practice, and low cost. After a recent review of clinical trials by the World Health Organization (WHO), over 100 diseases and conditions were recommended for acupuncture treatment. Today, more and more diseases and conditions are added to the list of indications for acupuncture.