Acupuncture Quick-Start Guide
The basic principle behind acupuncture is to stimulate specific points under the skin to adjust
bodily functions to optimum levels. Both ancient Traditional Chinese and modern Western
practitioners can use this technique to relieve symptoms for those suffering from a chronic
disease. Needling is the most common approach and is an essentially safe treatment
strategy. It can be used to relieve pain, improve healing, and enhance your general well-being. A
common question people ask is how is this procedure actually done and what sort of benefits
can you expect?
Needle Insertion Process
There are two main categories of acupuncture practice in America today, Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) and Medical Acupuncture. Each has its own merits, so your choice is an
individual one. Most people make their decision based on upon which philosophy they are more
aligned with and which technique creates the least apprehension.
TCM practitioners work with the concept energy flow or Qi, and the meridians through which this
energy travels in the body. Most procatitioners insert small needles just under the skin at certain
places on the body in order to reach the acupuncture meridian points. So far, modern scientific
methods have only found little evidence to prove the existence of these energy channels despite
the fact that this technique has been used effectively for thousands of years across various
countries to treat millions of people.
Medical Acupuncture practitioners are most often Medical doctors who graduatesd from western
medical schools. Their needle locations are not based on the traditional acupuncture points, but
on anatomic data. They will often use fewer needles and leave them in place for shorter periods
of time than the TCM practitioners. Advocates to TCM technique feel this is a watered-down
version of the tradtional approach. Nevertheless, many patients have felt relief of symptoms
through this method as well.
What Acupuncture Can Treat
The list of health conditions that can be treated with acupuncture is extensive. The include
conditions from asthma to constipation, anxiety to weight loss. TCM practitioners generally
believe that all health conditions are the result of an imbalance in the flow of an...