Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique, still used worldwide to relieve aches and pains, promote good health and vitality and even to solve the some serious medical problems.
There are similarities between acupuncture and acupressure. These are both methods from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and both use same points on the body, to resolve some health issues in patients. Only difference is the exact method of point stimulation, because acupressure uses normally finger-tip pressure and acupuncture – thin needles.
According to the Chinese teaching, there is life force inside the body, and this energy flow is also known as “chi”. Chi flows through the body on Meridians, invisible lines and paths in the body. All acupressure/acupuncture points are placed along the Meridian, and their stimulation affects the chi. Massaging or piercing a specific acupuncture spot improves the chi of that part of the body, or some other body part associated with the same spot.
Acupuncture and Science Facts
Scientific society doesn’t have a unified opinion about acupuncture. Some claim it is superstition and fake, and others are believers and try to prove its benefits. Those scientists who think that there must be something in acupuncture say that the anatomical positioning of the acupuncture points is relevant. They claim that the founders and developers of this method must have known human anatomy, since it enables the targeting of specific parts and organs.
Scientists discovered that the piercing of the acupuncture needle aids in releasing endorphin and some other chemicals in the brain. These neurochemicals are often found imbalanced and acupuncture thinks of them as the causes of illnesses and disorders.
Meridians are associated with specific organs or systems in the human body. For instance, there is a lung Meridian, and if an acupuncture practitioner pierce the spot with the needle or apply the pressure on the spot, a person suffering from lung problems should experience alleviation of his/hers symptoms. All stress and pain caused by this medical condition should also be eased.
Always make sure to go to a trained specialist for acupuncture. He/she can easily find the appropriate spot and know how to properly pierce the points, without mistakes and unwanted effects.
Acupuncture point chart describes the organs affected by a certain element, and also seasons, emotions and taste associated with the condition.
Autumn is connected with metal and lung or large intestine. As for energy pattern, acupuncture connects autumn with contraction and accumulation, but also with white color, pungent taste, sadness and weeps.
Winter’s element is water, and it is associated with bladder and urinary problems. There is salty taste connected to winter, the color is black, energy is conserver, emotion is fear and voice is cry.
Spring is associated with wood, green, expansive energy, anger, shouts and sour taste. Liver and gallbladder are organs connected with this season.
Summer is connected with fire, heart, small intestine and red color. Energy is culmination and pattern completion. Joy, bitter taste and laughing are also associated with this season.
Late summer’s element is earth, organs stomach and spleen, and the color is yellow. Energy-wise, late summer is balance, emotion is sympathy, taste – sweet and it voices singing.