Acupuncture is one of the oldest Chinese techniques used to cure diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine (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. TCM assumes that a perfect health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state". Diseases are caused due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of energy (qi) 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.
Acupuncture is a traditional and preventive form of health care. It has also been found useful in the treatment of a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years in China as a major part of their primary health care system. In modern times, it is used for the prevention of and treatment of diseases, for the relief of pain, and as an anesthetic for surgery. There are various painless, non-needle methods of acupuncture administration, including electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and laser. Acupressure is based on the principles of acupuncture.
Acupuncture practitioners are called Acupuncturists. They use many types of Acupuncture needles, though only six are commonly used. The needles vary in length, width of shaft, and shape of head. Today, most needles are disposable. They are used once. There are specific methods by which the needles should be inserted. Acupuncture points can be needled anywhere in the range of 15 degrees to 90 degrees relative to the skin surface, depending on the treatment required. Insertion of needles can be sensed but it is not painful.
The number of treatments required for complete cure depends from person to person based on the severity of your condition. It is immensely important to check whether the acupuncturist you seek for treatment is a Licensed Acupuncture Practitioner.
Acupuncture is effective in major medical problems like cancer, asthma, diabetes, polio, kidney failures, stones in the kidney, intestinal problems, paralysis, backaches, arthritis, slipped disks...etc.