Acupuncture has become very popular over the past few years. What most need to understand is that it is actually only one form of treatment utilized in the ancient medical practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM.) TCM is the fundamental cornerstone and basis for the practice of Oriental Medicine, which includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Tui-Na (Chinese massage and bodywork). This full system of medicine, along with its ancient diagnostic techniques, has an impressive history that dates back over 2500 years. Oriental medicine balances energy levels in the body the same way Western medicine balances chemistry levels in the body. Both eastern and western medicine agree that balance, or homeostasis is necessary for optimal health. Acupuncture uses fine needles that act like antenna to directly manipulate the body’s energy levels. Inserted properly, they act like a switch that reprograms the body to a healthier state.
It comes as no surprise that the use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have gained such an enormous amount of media exposure over the past few years. The NIH, WHO and FDA have all given their stamp of approval on various aspects of the ancient practice of acupuncture. Life magazine featured two cover stories “The Healing Revolution” and “The Healing Power of Touch” within a twelve-month period of time. Time magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek as well as the NY Times, Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal have all featured articles about America’s fascination and trend towards embracing this ancient medical art.