Acupuncture – treat with “needles”

Acupuncture – treat with “needles”
10/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to establish the physical and mental harmony and is a large tree with many branches, of which highlights the acupuncture, recognized by the technique of “using needles” in the treatments. Traditional Chinese medicine considers the Human as a whole so that the physical and mental states are constantly interconnected and influence the health of the person.

The World Health Organization (WHO) approves the use of Acupuncture as treatment for about 40 diseases (allergies, gynecological disorders, gastrointestinal, nervous, headaches, etc.) and is still recommended to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and chronic pain. The treatment complements western medicine in chemotherapy and surgery.

The disease may be due to internal factors (e.g. emotions), external factors (e.g. environment), diet, trauma and injury, but they are always seen in the perspective of energy imbalance of the body.

The Acupuncture intervenes in the opening and adjust the flow of vital energy (qi) through the organ systems (there are 12 major organs) that strengthens the body and prepares it to heal.

Everything in the universe has yin and yang properties. Yin is the cold side, feminine, passive, introspection, dark and humidity, however yang represents the hot, man, activity, extroversion, light and dryness, these oppositions are therefore linked and influence each other, which can cause imbalances in the body. The goal of Chinese medicine is not to eliminate or favor one of them, but to promote balance and harmony between them.

The qi (chi or ki) is the fundamental energy of the universe, is present in sunlight, water, air and food, flows through the human body through channels (meridians, there are 12 main channels that correspond to the 12 main organs).

The organ system consists of 12 main organs: heart, lung, large intestine, small intestine, spleen, liver, gallbladder, pericardium, kidney, bladder, stomach, and “triple heater” (human torso), and each has a body energy corresponding qi moving through the 12 main meridians.

The five elements (wood, fire, earth, water and metal) are related to each other and each organ is associated with an element (the bones are water and the nervous system is fire, relate as water and fire. If the bones are weak, there may be a problem related to the organs of the fire element).

Acupuncture and acupressure stimulate and unblock qi circulation through pressure points (acupoints). Acupuncture can be replaced by massage therapy, but the knowledge of a doctor of Chinese medicine or acupuncturist are deeper. The person who is to be treated should trust in his health care professional and expose all your questions before and during treatment.

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