Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method used to relieve some health conditions and symptoms, such as pain. An acupuncturist inserts very thin steel needles into the patient’s skin at multiple “acupoints.” The needles rebalance the body’s energy, or qi, and prompt the body to release natural chemicals to fight the illness or symptom.
The practice comes from traditional Chinese medicine. Scientific studies have confirmed its effectiveness for some conditions.
The ancient practice of acupuncture started in China approximately 3000 years ago. Early documentation describes acupuncture as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment.
Acupuncture is referenced in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates back to 100 BCE. By this time, the Qi (vital energy or life force) flow channels were well established, and the information likely stemmed from a compilation of traditions passed down over centuries.9 Gradually, the practice of acupuncture was honed and insertion points became more specified, until it became a standard practice in China alongside massage, diet, and herbs.
Let’s explore the benefits of acupuncture, but understand that many of the benefits closely resemble the benefits of chiropractic care. This is why many Doctors of Chiropractic seek to offer acupuncture in their practices, because the combination of both is a powerful health enhancing process.