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Traditional Chinese Medicine is an entire medical system documented in China by the 3rd
century B.C. TCM is based on a concept of vital energy, or qi, that is believed to flow
throughout the body. Within the larger concept of the opposing forces of yin (dark) and
yang (light), qi and blood is what regulates a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and
physical balance. Disease occurs when the flow of qi is disrupted and yin and yang falls off
balance. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, qi gong/tai chi
restorative physical exercises, meditation, a chinese form of massage called tui na,
cupping, gua sha, acupressure, and most of all acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used medical procedures in the
world. As a complex branch of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originating in
China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the
United States in 1971, when James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used
needles to ease his pain after
surgery. President Nixon's trip to China in 1972 helped acupuncture grower further in the
The term acupuncture describes stimulation of anatomical points on the body with thin,
disposable, stainless steel needles that are manipulated by the hands of the practitioner or
by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM). In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two
opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive
principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Among the major
assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced
state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance
leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. It is
believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are
more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.
Stimulation of specific acupuncture points located near or on the surface of the skin
stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses
to the brain. The brain is then responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins,
the body's natural pain-killing hormones to achieve the desired effect. The substances
released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin
in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is
often treated with acupuncture.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased
circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and
increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
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