acupuncture.gifAcupuncture by definition is the piercing of the skin with needles. However, there are many different ways of utilizing acupuncture, and different methods which do not pierce the skin can be used to stimulate the body’s acupuncture points. There are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, and these connect with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways commonly known as "meridians."

Acupuncture/meridian therapy originated in China between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these meridians -- or pathways -- conduct energy known as "qi" (chi) between the surface of the body and the internal organs. Numerous conditions are successfully treated with acupuncture.

 

According to the World Health Organization,
these conditions are helped by acupuncture:

 

  • Digestive

    Abdominal Pain
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Hyperacidity
    Indigestion

  • Emotional

    Anxiety
    Depression
    Insomnia
    Nervousness

  • Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat

    Gingivitis
    Poor Vision
    Tinnitus
    Toothache

  • Gynecological

    Menopausal Symptoms
    Premenstrual Syndrome

  • Musculoskeletal

    Arthritis
    Back Pain
    Muscle Cramping
    Muscle Pain/Weakness
    Neck Pain
    Sciatica

  • Neurological

    Headaches
    Migraines
    Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
    Parkinson's Disease
    Postoperative Pain
    Stroke

  • Respiratory

    Asthma
    Bronchitis
    Common Cold
    Sinusitis
    Smoking Cessation
    Tonsillitis

  • Miscellaneous

    Addiction Control
    Athletic Performance
    Blood Pressure Regulation
    Chronic Fatigue
    Immune System Tonification
    Stress Reduction