is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of
years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan and
other Eastern countries.
earliest records of acupuncture date back over 2,000 years and
today there are over 3,000,000 practitioners worldwide. Although
the majority of these practice in the East, over the last 50
years an increasing number of people in the West have trained to
practice of acupuncture is thought to have begun with the
discovery that the stimulation of specific areas on the skin
affects the functioning of certain organs of the body.
has evolved into a system of medicine that restores and
maintains health by the insertion of fine needles into
acupuncture points just beneath the body surface. These points
are in very specific locations and lie on channels of energy.
Moxibustion, the warming of acupuncture points through the use
of smoldering herbs, is often used as a supplement and the
needles may also be stimulated using a small electric current.
in the West, acupuncture has been misleading publicized as only
being helpful in specific conditions, such as the relief of
pain. It is, in fact extremely effective in a wide variety of
conditions through its power to stimulate the mind and body's
own healing response.
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