Acupuncture is a system of healing which began when the ancient Chinese found that stimulating certain areas of the skin affected the functioning of specific organs of the body. The system evolved over the centuries as practitioners gained a better understanding of the connection between the skin and the organs and they refined their methods of stimulation.
In the West, acupuncture has been publicized as being helpful only for specific conditions; for example, pain or weight loss. In reality, acupuncture is based on stimulating the body’s own healing response and, therefore, it may be effective for a broad spectrum of conditions.
Who comes in for Acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture to alleviate a specific symptom or condition, for example:
High blood pressure
The effect of good acupuncture, however, is more than simply curing the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance not only deals with the condition, but helps the patient feel better by promoting increased vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep and normalized appetite.
By preventing deterioration in the balance of energy, which usually precedes the appearance of symptoms, acupuncture is also a preventative treatment, which is aimed at maintaining health on all levels.