Acupuncture was first used in China over 2000 years ago. It is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture is the basic foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the belief that there are two opposing and inseparable forces within the body known as the Yin and Yang. Acupuncture stimulates the anatomy of the body in an effort to balance the energy flow throughout the entire body.
To maintain a healthy state of being one must achieve a balance of Yin and Yang. Yin is representative of the cold, slow or passive principle while Yang represents the opposite, hot, excited or active principle. Balance is maintained through the flow of vital energy or qi throughout the pathways of the body. The pathways, also known as meridians connect over 2000 acupuncture points along the body.
An imbalance of Yin and Yang can block the flow of qi causing pain, disease, illness or symptoms. A doctor of acupuncture stimulates the nervous system by placing tiny, metallic needles within specific acupuncture points and manipulates them by hand or by electric stimulation. By stimulating the nervous system the body releases endorphins and immune systems cells to specific sites on the body to repair and correct blockages that are causing imbalance.
Acupuncture has been proven to help with low back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, osteoarthritis, chemotherapy side effects, post operative nausea, etc. Acupuncture provides pain relief, improved function and mobility, and reduced inflammation and symptoms.
Even though acupuncture is classified as an alternative medicine in the U.S. it has proven to be a complement to traditional medical practices. It also plays a key role in preventative medicine. Acupuncture works off the belief that we must maintain balance of our qi in order to remain healthy. Our vital energy flow can be out of balance and we can still feel and appear healthy. That’s because one may not always experience symptoms due to an imbalance. That’s why checking and balancing your qi through the meridian points of your body is a vital part of your daily life. It’s like having a dental checkup to avoid cavities or having a tune up on your car before it’s in need of repair. By maintaining a continuous balance of your vital energy through acupuncture you can avoid larger, more serious problems, which can build up over time. Make acupuncture a part of your life today.

Author's Bio: 

Sarah Labdar graduated with a BA in exercise science and has worked in the medical field since. Her focus is alternative medicine and how it interacts and works in conjunction with traditional medicine.
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