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Acupuncture is a form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete health care system.

acu2.jpgAcupuncture promotes the body's natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health and improve overall function of the body. It's a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

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The concept of qi.gif

There is a core philosophy, called qi.gif (pronounced as Ki in Korea and Japan, and Chee in China), which is known as Life Energy in this ancient medicine.

qi.gif flows throughout the body and protects it from illness, pain and diseases. A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of qi.gif



The flow of qi.gif

qi.gif flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians inside the body, and each of these is connected to specific organs and glands.

This pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Right flow of river provides nourishment to the land and living beings, so qi.gif does to the organs and glands.

Disruption of the flow of qi.gif

Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, or accidents are some of examples among many things that can cause the imbalance of qi.gif.

Normally, when imbalance of qi.gif occurs, the body bounces back to the normal, healthy state. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain or disease can set in.

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What does acupuncturist do?

Once imbalances of qi.gif are found, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can remove the blockage of the flows of qi.gif. Once this is done, qi.gif can circulate the body freely and nourish organs and glands again, eliminating pain and restoring balance. This will restore the body's natural healing ability, ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a sage, effective and drug-free therapy that can address a wide variety of common problems.



Herbal medicine

When the patient's condition is not expected to be recovered soon with acupuncture alone, herbal medicine is recommended to enhance the healing process as well as strengthen the body.

Since thousands of years ago, acupuncturists tested various herbs and recorded each herb's effect on human body. As of present time, there are more than 1500 herbs in the list and their effects. Combining those herbs in proper way can make a unique effect that can boost healing ability, as well as strengthen or support the body with minimal of side effects.

Also some formulas can effectively treat the root cause of various conditions, even for some conditions that are hard to be treated by western style medical practices.

Herbal medicine is made 100% out of natural herbs, and very safe way of treatment.

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Other complementary treatments

Beside acupuncture and herbal medicine, there are some other forms of treatments that are used complementary to enhance the effect.

Cupping
Cupping is a way of treatment putting some small cup on the specific position of your body, and make the inside vacuum. This treatment is designed to stimulate the blood flow and usually used on sore muscle, tension, neck and shoulder pains.

Sometimes, the acupuncturist makes small needle puncture on few points to suck out bad blood.

There can be some redness on the treated area for a while, but there is nothing to worry about. There is no permanent damage to the skin, and everything will be back to normal in few days. But if you are worried about it, discuss with the acupuncturist.

Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a treatment that uses a herb called mugwort. It's a technique that burns small portion of the herb on the point of the treatment.

This technique is used to warm the point to help the flow of energy and reduce the pain. It also stimulates the blood veins, making better blood flow, and helps the body to generate more blood cells.

This treatment is especially effective for chronic symptoms of elderly people.



If you want to have more information, please check below sites

* National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
* The British Medical Acupuncture Society