What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an Ancient art of healing originating from China. The earliest books on acupuncture date from 2500 BC, and since there is already a complex knowledge of physiology and pathology in those works, acupuncture must be over 5,000 years old. It
is therefore the oldest system of medicine still in use today.
Acupuncture is practised almost all over the world today, and is studied at universities in some countries like the Peoples Republic of China, Korea and Japan.
Fundamental to Chinese philosophy and acupuncture is the concept of energy. You will often hear practitioners of acupuncture talk about “energy. The Chinese saw every phenomenon in the Universe (and Man) as a manifestation and particular mutation of energy.
Everything is energy in movement and matter itself is a concentration of energy. (This has been confirmed by modem nuclear physics with its equation Energy-Matter.)
Also in mans body there is an energy which was called by the Chinese Chi energy; this is our vital energy. The Chi energy flows in the body in channels called ‘meridians” which have their root in the internal organs. This energy can be compared to
(but is not the same as) the electrical current. There are 12 main meridians, 6 ‘positive” or Yang, 6 ‘negative” or Yin. On the surface of the meridinal pathways there are the acupuncture points where the needles are inserted.
In a healthy body the energy flows harmoniously through the 12 meridians with a correct balance of Yin and Yang (negative- positive), thus “irrigating” all the parts of the body. If for any reason this flow is blocked, the balance is upset and illness results. By inserting needles in the acupuncture points the practitioner restores the balance of Yin and Yang and the harmonious flow of energy.