What Is Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of super-fine disposable needles into selected points along the meridian pathways to affect a change within that meridian or its associated organ. Various needle techniques may be employed according to the desired outcome. As acupuncture has evolved over several thousand years, a very good understanding of each of the individual acupuncture points has emerged, allowing the practitioner to formulate an appropriate treatment strategy for virtually any health imbalance.

Acupuncture TreatmentBasically, ill health is caused by an excess or deficiency of energy in particular meridians, or more commonly a combination of both. The treatment strategy is therefore quite simply to disperse any excess and tonify or strengthen any underlying deficiencies. Following this principle, virtually any condition can be treated according to what is happening energetically within the particular individual at the particular time.

The meridian pathways were mentioned above and in fact, the body is made up of a vast network of meridians, the most commonly known and used are the twelve main meridians, which relate to the twelve main organs. Also commonly used in treatment are the Du Mai (Governor Vessel) and the Ren Mai (Conception Vessel).

The Yang meridians (Gallbladder, Large Intes-tine, Small Intestine, Sanjiao, Bladder, Stomach and Governor vessel travel downwards. The Yin meridians (Liver, Heart, Pericardium, Spleen, Lung, Kidney and Conception vessel travel upwards.

The photo on the left shows Tony inserting the fine acupuncture needles along a particular pathway, that is relevant to the treatment plan for the client.

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