Acupuncture is considered to be an ancient healing system developed over hundreds of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine.
The purpose of the treatment is to restore the balance between the universal Qi energy in the body by the painless application of fine needles in strategic points of the body. Qi consists of Yin and Yang, and these two opposing but complementary forces must be balanced, otherwise there may be different affections.
Acupuncture needles are used at specific points that provide access to the body’s meridians through which the Qi flows, so that Yin and Yang can be balanced, thus restoring harmony and health.
The theory behind modern acupuncture
The main purpose of acupuncture is based on the concept that behind the diseases would be imbalances or blockages of Qi, the natural energy of the universe that circulates freely through the healthy organism. It is assumed that the Qi circulates through 14 channels of the human body, known as meridians, which bind organs and body functions. Diseases are the result of blockages or obstructions in one or more of these meridians.
Qi consists of opposing forces known as Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang must be in a proper balance so that harmony can be achieved, which is the basis of health.
Body’s meridians are thought to be influenced by special points of the body, the so-called acupuncture points. By stimulating acupuncture points, which are thought to be ‘holes’ that provide access to the meridians, the flow of Qi can be balanced and harmonized.
It is unclear, however, which exact types of acupuncture are healing. Some practitioners say that many diseases can be cured with acupuncture, and others say acupuncture is useful in controlling pain.
Scientific evidence and acupuncture
The concept of Qi, which is based on acupuncture, is a metaphysical one, and there is no evidence of the existence of a universal energy. There are no scientific instruments that can detect it.
Apparently it can not be detected and measured by practitioners. It is not a testable hypothesis and that’s why many consider it meaningless.
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