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What Does the Word Mean?

The word "acupuncture" stems from a Latin one which, when decomposed stands for acus – needle, and pungere – prick.

What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?

Actually, acupuncture comes from China. The process involves inserting needles into a previously well-defined points of the body. These points are considered to be critical in several ways, and the accuracy of defining them is great.

Until metals were discovered, stone needles were used for acupunctural procedures. Later on, the needles were made of bronze, silver or gold; while nowadays they are mostly made of stainless steel.

Finding the acupuntural points is possibly the most critical of steps while performing acupuncture therapy. A human body has more than 360 entry points. Applying pressure to these points is thought to stimulate various body parts in different ways. Ancient theory mentions the, so called, meridians. These are imaginary channels of energy which flow throughout the human body. When pressure is applied to an acupunctural point, it is also thought that the energy flow is either stimulated or hindered – according to the choice of pressure points.

In turn this will cut down or entirely eliminate pain. Additionally, a greater energy flow may be altered, which is thought to result in cure of a range of health issues.

There are 14 meridian lines along which all of the acupuncture points may be found. The method by which the points are accurately pinned down is called Cun.

The points fall into various categories according to their function. An example of such a category is the Five transporting point system. This system is thought to refer to the flow of "qi" – Chinese for the flow of vitality.

That is to say, the "qi", thusly, bubble up from a spring and grows in depth and width, as a river would flow from a mountain top down, and into the ocean, and the points are arranged along the way of the five transporting system."

Along the course of the Five transporting point system the following may be found....

The Jin points are the points which allow the energy to surface when it "bubbles up". They are found on fingertips as well as toe-tips.

The Ying spring points are found where the energy stream glides down the channel. These are an indicator of the changes in our complexion.

Shu stream points indicate the heaviness of a body. They also refer to effective areas in the joints and intermitted diseases, et cetera.

Aside from Five transporting points, there are others sets of points as well. Some of which are five phase points, eleven cleft points, yuan source points, Luo connecting points to name a few.

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