Acupuncture-History and Practice

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In Ancient China, around 2100 B.C., acupuncture and moxibustion were the only things a doctor could do for you. These doctors knew nothing about the affect of bacteria and viruses on the human body. They didn’t have X-rays to show them internal diseases. Their tools were stone or bronze needles and herbs, not stethoscopes and mini flashlights. You just sent for a doctor and hoped that he cured the illness. Then, around 475 B.C., the Chinese developed iron, silver, and gold needles. They started to understand things about pulse, blood, body fluids and numerous other things related to the health of the body, but most of all, they started to understand Qi.

In acupuncture, Qi (also written as chi) is the energy behind everything. Qi is the invisible flow of energy that is responsible for the functioning of the organs and other parts of the body, and therefore, it is responsible for life itself.

It flows in the environment and is seen by acupuncturists and Taoists as a natural force, similar to air and the weather. Qi is not something that can physically be seen, rather, it is felt by intuition. Qi is simply more understood by people whose right brains are highly developed. There are many different types of Qi. Inherited Qi will eventually run out, therefore causing us to die. Other types of Qi supplement inherited Qi, such as acquired Qi which is absorbed through food, water, and air. If your body’s Qi is flowing correctly, then you aren’t sick. If it isn’t flowing right, that’s what the acupuncturist is for.

The meridians and channels are the pathways in which Qi flows. There are many meridians and they all serve different purposes. For instance, cardiovascular problems are generally solved by using acupuncture points (also know as acu-points) in...