Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a medical healing system originating in China about 5,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest, continuously practiced and ever expanding medicines and is now used as primary care in almost one third of the world’s population. Acupuncture was officially introduced to the United States in 1972 and now is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health, as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.
As a holistic medicine, Acupuncture treats each individual as an integrated whole in order to preserve health, to diagnose, treat and prevent illness, and to balance the body. Acupuncture not only alleviates immediate symptoms of disease but strives to heal their root cause (constitutional factors).
The definition of constitution
Constitution is formed before birth and can be improved after birth. It is stable and also changeable.
Theoretically, constitution is the manifestation of genetics and the functional state of the internal organs, demonstrating the condition of qi (free flow of energy) , blood, yin and yang (sometimes called the feminine / masculine, or dual qualities) in the body. The body resilience in fighting against pathogenic factors is the specific to manifestation of ones constitution.
How does it work?
Acupuncture treats the body through the stimulation of a vast network of electro-conductive points mapped upon the body’s surface. The points are activated by the insertion of very fine needles, heat application (moxibustion), massage or the application of external liniments and poultices. Acupuncture maintains health by balancing and stimulating the free-flow of energy, or ‘Qi’, fluids and nutrients throughout the body. The body is an amazing healing mechanism and usually will recover from illness, however, it is continuously pulled out of balance by a multitude of factors including physical and emotional stress, environmental toxins and extremes, injury, overwork, lack of sleep and poor diet. Acupuncture is a tool that reminds the body what it feels like to be in balance allowing it to continue it’s own amazing work.
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