Acupuncture (Acu - needle; punctura - to penetrate) is an ancient healing art used in China for more than 5000 years. The first written accounts of both the theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture appeared some 2500 years ago in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.
Acupuncture balances the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the Meridian Pathways (lines of energy or pathways in which body energy flows) to stimulate and promote healing of the body. In brief, the ancient Chinese claimed that the energy that gives us life flows through our body in certain locations or Meridians. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body along these energy or Chi pathways called Meridians. Points are stimulated by inserting and withdrawing needles, applying heat (moxibustion), massage, laser therapy, electrical stimulation or a combination of these methods. The patient, therefore, will be healthy and free of disease when acupuncture meridians are balanced or "Chi" is flowing properly.
Acupuncture is one of the safest of all medical practices (like Homeopathy). It has no debilitating side effects and gives the patient many valuable benefits such as a general feeling of well being in addition to the correction of the specific ailment. Acupuncture results in quicker recovery.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1979 drew up a list of 40 different disorders that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment, this based on actual clinical experience. These disorders range from that of the eye, mouth, respiratory tract, gastro-intestinal system to neurological and the musculo-skeletal system.