The first record of Acupuncture is found in the 4,700 year old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine). It is said to have been written down from even earlier theories by Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine. Shen Nung documented theories about circulation, pulse, and the heart over 4,000 years before European medicine had any concept about them. As the basis of Acupuncture, Shen Nung theorized that the body had an energy force running throughout it. This energy force is known as Qi (roughly pronounced Chee). This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians with needles, moxibustion (heat), cupping (suction), and/or acupressure/reflexology (use of fingers or an instrument with a hard ball shaped head), in order to free up the Qi energy. Acupuncture needles vary in length, width of shaft, and shape of head. Today, most needles are disposable. They are used once and discarded in accordance with medical biohazard regulations and guidelines. There are many diseases that can be treated successfully by Acupuncture or its related treatments, and acupuncture has both general and specific use for analgesia (including surgery). In addition, very high success rates have been found in treating addictions to alcohol, tobacco (nicotine) and ‘hard’ drugs.
Copyright 2007 Raquel Lazar-Paley