You Are At: AllSands Home > Health > Alternative > What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been a method of care in Asia for thousands of years. On the other hand, western cultures view acupuncture as a new alternative treatment. Though it seems mysterious to many, the practice has been around for over 5,000 years.

What is the theory behind acupuncture?
Cultures that utilize acupuncture believe that the body has channels of energy. This energy is known as “Qi”. Qi is believed to be the balance of total health: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Qi consists of two parts, known as Yin and Yang. They work in combination with Qi to keep the body in balance.

The Qi energy travels through channels or “meridians” in the body. There are a total of 14 meridians, which correspond with areas and functions of the body. If any of these channels become unbalanced or obstructed, Qi cannot flow and illness can occur.

What is acupuncture?
To put it simply, acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the skin’s surface. The needles are placed into channels or meridians that may be unbalanced. Each meridian is believed to have an affect on different areas or functions of the body. Depending on what is being treated, acupuncture will be performed on the corresponding meridian.

How does acupuncture work?
Though there are several different ideas, scientists do not know exactly how acupuncture works. However, studies show that it does work in treating pain, illness and emotional problems. Some compare it to a computer system, saying that the entrance of the needle sends a signal to the brain to repair that area. The majority of explanations note the simulation of nerves and the nervous system.

Most importantly, we must remember that the whole idea of acupuncture evolves around the body’s energy, Qi. Repairing the flow of Qi brings a balanced and healthy body. That is the answer to the question.

What conditions are treated by acupuncture?
Like all treatments, acupuncture is not a guaranteed cure. It can be viewed as a reliable treatment used to relieve symptoms, pain and to restore emotional health. It is used to treat diseases of the muscles, ulcers, asthma, strokes, circulatory problems, blood pressure problems, and addictions, etc. The lists of diseases can almost endlessly go on. This is because treatment to the affected channels overtime can relieve or lessen pain as well as the symptoms.

As with all types of care, research should be done about the benefits acupuncture can have for you and your condition. The decision to try acupuncture should be an educated one with the help of a qualified acupuncturist.