Acupuncture is a discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a recognized ancient medicine state medicine in China.
Acupuncture (Latin: "acus" = "needle" and "pungere" = "sting") is based on the use of needles to puncture the body at certain points defined as having an action on the body: the points of acupuncture .
It should be known that traditional Chinese medicine is based on two basic concepts: energy and harmony.
Harmony : Chinese medicine considers man as a whole. An all in itself - body and mind are one - but also a whole with the universe.
Energy : "Qi" (or ch'i) is our vital energy that flows through our body through "channels" called meridians . On these meridians, on the surface of the body, are located acupuncture points: very specific places that are connected to the different organs of our body. We speak for example of the meridian of the Spleen, or the meridian of the Big Intestine.
The purpose of placing needles on these acupuncture points is to harmonize and balance all the functions of Qi. This vital energy (Qi) is declined in two characters: Yin (sky, cold, stillness, night, etc.) and Yang (earth, warm, movement, day, etc.).
According to traditional Chinese medicine, our body is healthy when the circulation of our energies in the meridians is in balance. On the other hand, an imbalance of these energies results in disorders in the organs to which these meridians are connected.
Thus, to avoid illness, it is necessary to maintain one's vital energy or Qi.
The mechanism of action of acupuncture is still not fully understood. It is supposed that the stimulation caused by the bite causes certain reactions in the nerve and tissue cells, even in the immune system ...
The acupuncture points are located on the meridians, on the surface of the body: they are connected to the different organs of our body.
Editor's Note: It is advisable to use acupuncture once you have consulted a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to make sure that the problem you are suffering from is not related to an injury. precise organic.Want to react, share your experience or ask a question? Appointment in our FORUMS Acupuncture, soft medicine or A doctor answers you !
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Authors: Dorothee Gebele, Dr. Nicolas Evrard.
Expert: Alain Dubois, practitioner of Chinese medicine and teacher of traditional Chinese medicine at the Yangming Institute. Author of the "Atlas of practical acupuncture and aide-memoire of the practitioner" (editor: Guy Trédaniel).