The most basic description of acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into specific points on the body to correct a deficiency or imbalance of life energy.
Acupuncture is part of an ancient health care system known as Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine includes numerous practices, such as herbology, dietary therapy, and exercise, that all work with the body’s natural life energy, also known as Qi or Chi (pronounced chee), to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
- Gastrointestinal Disorder, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrintestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
- Urogential Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction
- Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
- Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
- Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety
- Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
- Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
- Supportive Therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders