is a complete medical system which originated in China more than
5,000 years ago. It applies traditional Chinese medicine theory
to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being
by inserting acupuncture needles at critical points throughout
the human body. Due to its proven effectiveness, it has become
more and more popular throughout the world.
In traditional Chinese medicine, there exists the meridian system
throughout the human body and more than 500 acupoints are located
at these meridians. Qi, "energy flow," goes through these meridians
and acupoints to support tissue, muscles and organs. When the
Qi is obstructed in certain critical points, or acupoints, the
function of tissue, muscles and organs will be impaired.
inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints helps the release
of Qi flow and corrects Qi imbalances at the organ level to improve
your energy and internal processing.
acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, many
conditions can be corrected or improved. Also, it is being recognized
that acupuncture is a comprehensive system of preventive health
care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture
extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic
pain management or as an analgesic. It has been discovered by
many athletes that acupuncture treatment helps them to reach optimum
performance levels. Recently acupuncture detoxification treatments
have been recognized as a valid form of therapy for chemical dependency
problems such as drinking, drugs and smoking. Throughout its long
history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as an
excellent alternative for health care.
can be perceived through western perspective as stimulating the
circulation of blood, endorphins and cortisol, otherwise known
as the body's natural pain killer. This means acupuncture stimulates
the body by releasing a natural pain killer to heal itself.
Sterile, thin, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific
points along the meridians, or pathways, in order to disperse
the blockage and mobilize the body's natural immune response.
Needling, as this is referred, is one of the numerous energy balancing
techniques. Also included in traditional treatment are dietary
counseling, various oriental massage techniques, moxibustion techniques,
and herbal remedies.
Ear acupuncture therapy treats and prevents diseases by stimulating
the auricular points with needles, which are specific stimulating
points on the auricle. When disorders occur in the internal organs
or other parts of the body, various reactions may appear at the
corresponding areas of the auricle, such as tenderness, decreased
cutaneous electric resistance, morphological changes, and discoloration.
Therefore, these sites are also referred to as tender spots. Thus,
making a diagnosis, those phenomena can be taken into consideration.
Stimulating the sensitive sites serves to prevent and treat disease.
In oriental medicine the ear is an important organ having more
on it corresponding to the body systems. Ear acupuncture is often
used for weight conrol, pain control, stress, insomnia and to