Considerations about Acupuncture

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Developed in the East and embedded in the main modalities of healing and prevention of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is an ancestral system of natural therapy that is being increasingly respected in the Western world,and can be used effectively as the only method of Therapy or as a complement to the Western Medicine treatment. Integrated into a system of energy therapies such as Chi Kung, meditation, Yoga or Tai Chi practice, acupuncture is considered a stimulus that can initiate and strengthen the healing and the process of personal development.
The Eastern medical tradition believes that the free flow of energy through our body is essential for health and well-being. Vital energy flows through the human body on a regular basis, along specific bioenergy and biochemical channels called energy meridians. These energetic paths connect with the specific organs and functions of the physical body, through clearly delimited points, and coordinate the well-being of the human organism, harmoniously distributing the energy as a whole. When this circulation is fluid and uninterrupted, the individual is in a healthy balance, but when this fluency is blocked or diminished due to injury, inadequate eating, psychic / emotional stress or inadequate environmental conditions, the balance is disturbed and physical, psychic or emotional disturbances appear.

According to the World Health Organization 104 diseases can be treated with acupuncture, including for example migraines, sinusitis, colds, ocular inflammation, myopia, gastrointestinal disorders, neuralgia, sciatica, paralysis, etc. The most effective acupuncture treatment is achieved when the combination of points is designed to meet the specific needs of each individual, treating the person rather than the symptom. Thus, the points are combined taking into account various factors specific to each person, such as lifestyle or psychological types. The emphasis is always placed on the patient, on their feelings and on their needs. The focus is on restoring energy balance, giving the body the possibility of regaining its state of health, naturally and non-invasively.

Other ways of acting on energy points to influence circulation of energy in the meridians characterize a different practice, such as pressure and self-massage, such as Do In, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Yoga, or meditation.


References
Leygues, A.B. (2003). Do In Calea energiei. Bucuresti: Pro Editura

Page, L. (2003). Healthy healing: a guide to self healing for every one. 11 Ed. USA: Traditional Wisdom. Inc.

Ross, J. (2003). Combinações dos pontos de acupunctura: a chave para o êxito clinico. São Paolo: Roca


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