Acupuncture is ancient Chinese practice, based upon the Taoist philosophical principles. According to this philosophy, energy or the Chi flows through the body. The paths of energy are known as Meridian and there are 14 Meridians in the human body. All the way along these energy pathways there are certain points and they can become blocked. This blockage is blamed for many physical symptoms the patient experiences and the acupuncture can resolve these problems. Unblocking the flow of energy and allowing the energy to flow freely is the way to heal the person and all his or hers troubles. Acupuncture practitioner uses long and thin needles to resolve energy blocks. Although people tend to worry about the procedure itself, many reported insignificant amount of pain with the stacking of these needles in the body.
How Religion Affects Acupuncture?
It’s not easy to answer the question like this one. There are many different viewpoints of almost every single belief you can think of. People may have opposite opinions about politics, environment and also about various medical treatments. The problem may become bigger than normal, if a person believes that his side is the only right side and nothing else and no one else has anything to say about that. However, most people are able to see the reasoning of the other side and if necessary, to question their own theories and beliefs.
Speaking of religion, it does have huge impact on people. Depending on the religion, different things may be considered to be unethical or immoral. For some, blood transfusion, even if given in the state of emergency is not acceptable, because the blood of another person will be blasphemous. They don’t believe in this part of the modern medicine and don’t accept it under any circumstances. Other religions don’t believe in any of modern medicine and always use holistic medicine to solve all of the problems their believers have.
Some use the bibles and other religious texts to discourage their followers to use certain medicine, including the acupuncture. These people may blame acupuncture and some other practitioners to perform “Devil's work” or to deceive people.
Nevertheless, many religions don’t have anything against different medicine practices. Acupuncture may have become more acceptable with the increased number of people practicing yoga and pilates. For many, these practices are no longer something that they should be afraid of, but something they can use and enjoy all benefits they bring.