Acupuncture is a therapy for the prevention of disease & for the maintainence of health. It is a scientific method of treating diseases by puncturing tiny needles on body surface to balance the vital energy .
The practice consists of either stimulating or dispersing the flow of energy within the body by the insertion of needles into specific points on the surface , by applying heat (moxibustion) , by pressing points (acupressure).
According to the Chinese hypothesis, the body is endowed with a definite energy quotient at birth. While this energy is being dissipated through the vicissitudes of daily living , it is simultaneously being replenished by energy obtained from food , air (included within air is the all pervading electro magnetic energy.) & energy exercises. Energy imbalance either an excess or an insufficiency is the root of all illnesses. Total absence of energy is death.
Energy is believed to circulate throughout the body in well defined cycles; moving in a prescribed sequence from organ to bowel via the meridians , it flows partly at the periphery & partly in the interior of the body . Energy within the body is considered to be a dynamic force in constant flux ; this is a leading principle in Chinese medicine , an important hypothesis within the framework of which the empirical theory of acupuncture was developed.
Acupuncture could promote an increased blood circulation among the organs, especially those of the digestive system. Acupuncture could help relieve apoplexy & could also be relplied to regulate the blood pressure.
History of Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is usually associated with Chinese. But even though acupuncture has progressed further in Chaina , it is not entirely a Chinese possession. Research has revealed that existence of acupuncture treatment in the Indus valley in India during the stone age , among the Bantus of South Africa , among Eskimos & in brazil . In India reference of Vedhan or Vyadhar indicates that the term “Soochee Shastra “ means to prick or to insert a needle . There are clear indications that acupuncture traveled from India , through Nepal, to Chaina where it was preserved nourished since ancient times.
Today WHO has accepted acupuncture as a recognized modality of therapy.
Man’s original medical tool is his hand, which he has instinctively used in order to relieve pain . Whenever he is struck , stung, or seized with cramps , he involuntarily puts his hand to the painful spot in order to protect it of to rub ,knead or massage it.
In China , it was obviously realized from very early on that massage not only helped to relieve pain , that is to say ,that’s effect was not merely local; it was also seen that the stimulation of certain are as of the skin could affect the internal organs. Experience over thousands of years associated remedial massage with the same acupuncture points & meridians.