In the field of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture is an integrative approach to healing. It is based on the systematic, integral, and practical theory that connects the health of human beings. It is an ever-increasing medical approach which works so well with Western medicine.
It’s profound in its theoretical systems, revered by many and is spreading throughout the world at a very rapid pace. The science is based on the prevention and treatment of disease. It’s only one component of TCM and has an amazing long history.
Often people ask “does it run on nerve pathways” or “blood vessel or artery pathways?” The answer is no. When a point is selected and stimulated based on the diagnosis an acupuncturist can expect and illicit a particular response. In TCM they are referred to as channels or meridians and collaterals. However the points on these channels can affect the neuroanatomy, pain physiology, biochemistry and medicinal electronics of the body, just in a different way than Western medicine. This has been a complex principle for Doctors to appreciate.
The theory of acupuncture differs from that of Western medicine. Now that research is being done all over the world using CT Scans, MRI, PET scans people are seeing the effect acupuncture points and stimulation has on the specific areas of the brain, people are beginning to appreciate the great benefits.
Acupuncture points are stimulated by stainless steel, hair thin needles. The sterile needles are individually packaged and used only once, then discarded.