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      Acupuncture Background

      Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It provides an holistic approach to the management of disease as well as the maintenance of health. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, the term acupuncture describes a group of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques.  The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin withthin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands of the practitioner.

      The focus of acupuncture, as with many naturopathic treatments, is on improving the overall well-being of the patient rather than the treatment of isolated symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy known as 'Qi' (pronounced chee) moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin

      Qi circulates in the body along energy pathways called meridians. Each meridian is linked to specific body systems and internal organs. There are 20 meridians that run roughly parallel along the surface of the body and connect some of the acupuncture points. Stimulation of acupoints (acupuncture points) within the meridian system enhances the flow of qi. When acupuncture needles are inserted into these acupoints, they help correct and rebalance the flow of energy, which leads to pain relief and restored health.






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