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Chinese acupuncture was originated in thousands of yeara ago. It is been used succesfuly for milenia as a treatment for countless of the health issues. There are evidences that acupuncture is used in the Europe for few hundred years. However, Chinese Acupuncture began to attract the Europeans, Americans and the Canadians rapidly during the second half of the twentieth century after the studies were done on the benefits of acupuncture.


During the process of acupuncture, extremely thin needles are inserted through the skin right at the specific points located on the human body. These are called acupuncture point locations and those points are identified easily by experts with loads of experiences in the field of acupuncture. If anybody needs to study these points by himself, he or she should refer an acupuncture book that contains an acupuncture point chart. These needles are inserted at various depths too. All of these techniques to be mastered with enormous amount of patience, if one wishes to learn professional acupuncture.  The secret behind the acupuncture is not completely revealed yet. However, modern technology was able to discover some therapeutic benefits as per the studies carried out so far. As per the traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture point location is based on meridians through which gi vital energy runs.


With the trend recently emerged on acupuncture, people are more curious about learning it as a subject. What they lack majorly is proper study material. However, there are few books on acupuncture where you get sufficient information. ‘A Manual of Acupuncture’ published by Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications can be pointed out as an example for a book which provides a large amount of proper information.


A proper book on acupuncture should have few characteristics in order to readers to get the maximum output of it. The color scheme of the illustrations should be appealing to any viewer. The charts including acupuncture point locations and acupuncture meridians should be clearly visible. When the illustrations of the acupuncture books are user-friendly, it makes readers to memorize things easily. In the particular example mentioned above, the channels and collaterals, the various categories of points, and methods of selection, location, and needling are clearly described with the relevant illustrations. The terms of these books should be mentioned in English terms too for easier reference of the readers. In this Manual of Acupuncture, each and every acupuncture point location is mentioned with relevant drawing together with regional body drawing. Most of the books on acupuncture fail in providing such valuable information in attractive manner.


In traditional Chinese medicine it says the health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as gi or chi. Meridians or the pathways in the human body is known as qi. As per the acupuncture there are 350 acupuncture point locations in the human body. When the acupuncture treatments are carried out, the energy flow through these points or the meridians are accessed in a particular way. As per this science, illnesses are associated with a certain imbalance of the forced within the body. Therefore, when those meridians or the energy flowing paths are stimulated with the proper combination, the body can regain the lost balance of forces and then the illness will be cured.


As per the Western and the several other explanations, Chinese acupuncture is directly related to neuroscience. In fact, the western practitioners see the meridians as points as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Practitioners who practice acupuncture say the benefits of acupuncture are gained by increasing the blood flow while triggering the natural painkilling power of human body.


What made acupuncture to be popular in the USA?


As we already know, acupuncture shows to be getting popular rapidly in USA. Let’s see how it became so popular suddenly in this specific region. The story begins with an incident related to James Reston who worked for New York Times. He once had to visit China in 1971. During his visit he had to face a surgery to remove his appendix (this is also known as appendectomy). However, after the particular surgery, James was feeling a discomfort, most probably due to the surgery he faced. He then happened to receive an acupuncture treatment to overcome the situation. The results were marvelous. He was surprised with the result as he was able to overcome the situation remarkably. Thereafter, he wrote an article in the same year with the title of "Now, About My Operation in Peking". It is believed that this article is the main cause to trigger the intense interest in acupuncture in the USA.

In his article Reston Said that the acupuncturist "inserted three long, thin needles into the outer part of my right elbow and below my knees and manipulated them...That sent ripples of pain racing through my limbs and, at least, had the effect of diverting my attention from the distress in my stomach. Meanwhile, Doctor Li lit two pieces of an herb called ai, which looked like the burning stumps of a broken cheap cigar, and held them close to my abdomen while occasionally twirling the needles into action. All of this took about 20 minutes, during which I remembered thinking that it was rather a complicated way to get rid of gas... but there was a noticeable relaxation of the pressure and distension within an hour and no recurrence of the problem thereafter."


Below is a list of various benefits which can be expected through acupuncture treatments:

  • It is extremely safe when carried out properly by a professional

  • Remarkably less number of side effects

  • Considered to be very effective combination treatment

  • Extremely effective in overcoming some types of pain

  • Can be used for patients who are not responsive to pain medications such as pain killers

  • Acupuncture treatments are ideal for those who are reluctant to rely on pain medication in order to overcome pain

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