Acupuncture is a science for the prevention of disease and for the maintenance of health. It is a scientific method of treating diseases by puncturing body surface with tiny needles to balance the patient’s vital energy. The practice consists of 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) and by pressing points (acupressure).
According to the Chinese hypothesis, the human body is endowed with a definite energy quotient at birth. While this energy is being dissipated through fluctuating daily life, it is simultaneously being replenished by energy obtained from food, air (inclusive of all-pervading electromagnetic energy) and energy exercises. Energy imbalance caused by excessive or insufficient energy is the root cause of all illnesses. The total absence of energy is death.
Energy is believed to be circulated 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 and partly in the interior of the body. The 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 increased blood circulation among the organs, especially those of the digestive system. Acupuncture could help relieve apoplexy and could also regulate blood pressure.
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.