Quick History of Acupuncture:
Developed in China over 2500 years ago, acupuncture is a complete system of holistic medicine. The body is viewed as a microcosm of the entire universe. Terms such as Yin, Yang, and Qi are applied to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from its original Daoist roots. Acupuncture is one of the modalities of TCM, and definitely it’s most popular. Globally, it has been medically recognized and touted as an effective means of treatment for disease.
So, what is it all about?
The Meridian System Theory is a collection of energetic networks that flow throughout the body. At specific points, the energy (Qi) is easily influenced by stimulation to perform certain functions that restore harmony. Pathology and pain are said to be caused by an imbalance in the flow of Qi. The overall, fundamental purpose of acupuncture and all TCM modalities is to acquire and maintain balance in the body, mind, spirit. One of the hallmark aspects of acupuncture is the use of needles. Called filiform, or thread-like, the needles used are medical grade for sterility and performance. Literally, one could tie the needle in a knot as they are hair thin. The needles are medically disposable, single-use, sterilized stainless steel. One must be a licensed medical professional to obtain these.
Thousands of hours of class work and clinic supervision plus passing of demanding medical board exams are what separate a Licensed Acupuncturist from an unqualified needler. There are some medical professions that are allowed to utilize acupuncture needles without the exacting education and comprehensive training that Licensed Acupuncturists receive.