Acupuncture has been practiced in China, Japan and Korea for over two thousand years as part of East Asian medical traditions often referred to as Oriental Medicine. Since its birth, it has spread from the place where it originated and is now practiced in more than 100 countries all over the world. Even though acupuncture became popular in the West due to its miraculous effects in the treatment of pain, traditional acupuncturists use it for the treatment of a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, which views the patient as a whole person and is focused on addressing the root cause of every health issue rather than just treating the manifestation of isolated symptoms. It is based on the stimulation of the body’s self – balancing mechanisms in order to maintain physical and emotional health and well-being.
The practice of acupuncture is founded on the concept according to which vital energy (qi) flows within the human body following specific pathways, which we call acupuncture meridians. A smooth flow of qi ensures that vital substances carried by blood reach and nourish all the tissues and internal organs.
A variety of different factors such as hereditary predispositions, external pathogens, environmental toxins, physical or emotional trauma and poor nutrition could potentially obstruct the flow of qi in the meridians and cause stagnation, thus creating areas of excess in some parts of the body and areas of deficiency in others. The insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points aims to remove stagnation and restore a smooth and uninhibited flow of qi, blood and nutrients throughout the whole body.