Acupuncture In The Modern World
The origin of acupuncture dates back to ancient China, 2500 years ago or more. The practice was adopted by neighbouring Asian countries including Vietnam, Korea and Japan, and was brought to Europe by some of the first Chinese settlers. Acupuncture did not become well known in North America until the early 1970s, when President Nixon traveled to China. During this trip, one of the reporters who accompanied Nixon developed appendicitis and had to undergo surgery, after which he was given acupuncture to treat a minor complication that arose. The reporter wrote about his experience, introducing North America to the practice of Acupuncture. Today, acupuncture is commonly practiced throughout the world with proven success. Richmond Hill acupuncture experts can provide professional acupuncture treatments for a wide variety of ailments.
Acupuncture can be used to assist with weight loss or quitting smoking, and it is also very effective in the treatment of substance abuse problems, even severe addictions. It can eliminate chronic pain and also be used to treat depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Chinese surgeons even use acupuncture to control pain during surgery. In some cases, they perform the entire surgery with the patient awake with no assistance from drugs whatsoever.
The way that acupuncture works, according to Chinese medicine, is that energy runs in several channels throughout the body. These channels are called meridians. When the flow of energy becomes blocked, pain or illness can occur. Acupuncture needles inserted at key points in the meridians unblock the energy, allowing it to flow freely. According to modern science, inserting the needles in these specific points stimulates the body to release chemicals that address whatever physical problem the point is connected to, correcting the body’s biochemical balance so that it can heal itself. Contact a Richmond Hill acupuncture specialist to discuss treatment for any type of ailment that you may have.