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Acupuncture: The Basics


A lot of people use the word ‘Acupuncture’ and throw it around today. In fact nearly anyone who has even the slight interest in holistic medicine claims to be an 

acupuncture expert, or professional, or has visited such person. But are any of these acupuncturists aware of what it really is, and where it came from?

Acupuncture is, in the strictest of terms, the technique of inserting extremely thin needles into the skin at very specific points of the body. These points are referred to as pathways, or meridians, and inserting the needles into the skin on these pathways balances your system, corrects certain health conditions and allows you to live a healthier, fuller life.

What are some things that acupuncture can help with? Well, we’re still not sure all of the wonders acupuncture can bring us, but you can cure – or ease – many things, such as…

Chronic pain
Heart disease
Chronic disorders

There are some claims that acupuncture has relieved cancer, diabetes, and reduced the serious effects of a stroke in many people – these cases are rare, but there are reports of them. Acupuncture has many, many more benefits than listed here, of course, and you should speak with a licensed acupuncturist about your specific problem to see what options are available for you.

The workings of acupuncture was first discovered – and utilized – by the Chinese. Their use of the tools of acupuncture can be traced back as far as the 1st Millennium BCE and later, showing that while sterilization and ‘clean needles’ weren't available, the basic pathways in the body were there, and that it was truly helping people with their pain, disease, and more.

Different forms of acupuncture can be found in Korean and Japanese history, and while the styles of the acupuncture are always slightly different, the main idea is the same – to promote a healthy, happy life.

Could three separate cultures have it wrong?! 

Now, while the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean all still use acupuncture to help cure disease, blood clots, strokes, and more, the ideals have been passed to the Western world. In America and Europe, the idea has caught on as more and more people realize that acupuncture has true health benefits.

Finding an acupuncturist isn’t hard, but finding a good acupuncturist that isn’t going to make you take out a second mortgage for ten or twenty treatments may be a little more difficult. Search for the regulations in your state for licensed acupuncturists, and make sure that your prospective expert qualifies.


Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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