Acupuncture - A closer look at the modern application of the ancient healing art of acupuncture.
Allied Health World has gathered information on the ancient healing art of acupuncture through exclusive interviews with accomplished practitioners and through material sources that are highly respected in the industry. Through interviews and research Allied Health World seeks to gather information in order to provide our readers a comprehensive and reliable dissertation on the history of acupuncture and its applied uses in modern medicine:
How does acupuncture bring about healing and wellness?
The practice of acupuncture involves the delicate needling and manipulation of a series of points throughout the body, which correlate directly with the various organ’s and body systems. The introduction of these needles serves to stimulate, invigorate, and revitalize the flow of Qi (pronounced Chi), the vital energy of life that flows through twelve meridians or pathways throughout the body.
The philosophical component of acupuncture courses will help students understand that this healing art ultimately seeks to encourage the body to achieve a healthy and natural state of homeostasis. The practice is based on the understanding that the
What are the physiological effects of acupuncture?
For western minds, the concept of acupuncture may seem a bit hard to grasp as we may perceive a disconnect between the process of needling specific acupuncture points and the end result of relieving pain and curing disease. Though it may seem mysterious to those of us more accustomed to the conventional approaches of allopathic medicine, acupuncture has actually been studied as science by both the ancient and contemporary practitioners of this incredible healing art.
There are a number of quantifiable physiological effects when acupuncture is used therapeutically. Acupuncture is known to stimulate the circulatory system so as to increase blood flow in affected areas and thereby promote healing and reduce inflammation. Acupuncture has also been shown to contribute to the release of endorphins in the body that act as a natural means by which to relieve pain. Acupuncture’s effects on the brain and central nervous system are particularly noteworthy, as it has been shown to stimulate the autonomic nervous system and promote the effective transmission of nerve impulses from the body to the brain by contributing to the release of neurotransmitters.
Where did acupuncture originate?
Acupuncture is a fundamental component of Chinese medicine that has a clearly documented history going back 2000 years. Although it has its roots most firmly established in ancient Chinese culture where it was refined, and indeed perfected over the course of these millennia, there are some fascinating examples of other ancient civilizations employing techniques similar to those of Chinese acupuncture. The ancient Egyptians in northern Africa have left clues suggesting they had an awareness of energy meridians throughout the body, and in the southern part of the continent certain tribal cultures would inflict cuts in specific areas of the body intended to cure diseases. In the Americas, Eskimos were known to apply pressure and in fact puncture the epidermis with sharp stones as a crude form of what we now call acupuncture, while Brazilian tribes turned their blowguns on themselves to shoot darts into the flesh in an effort to cure disease and recover from injury. From Asia, to Africa, all the way to the Americas, some of the oldest civilizations from antiquity have demonstrated an intuitive knowledge of the principals of acupuncture.
China is credited with establishing the practice of acupuncture because it was in China that this form of medicine was refined, experimented with, written about, and ultimately integrated into common medical practices, and indeed the culture itself.