Western Medicine use to denounce acupuncture and TCM as alternative medicine. TCM, however, was, in fact, a precursor to Western Medicine. Acupuncture, which is one branch of TCM and the healing arts, is a five thousand year old medical treatment. Despite the longevity of Chinese Medicine, it is generally devoid of any documented adverse effects; this longevity is largely attributable to its successes and natural means of achieving same. It is important to provide some background to those who wish to be newly initiated into the innumerable benefits of TCM.

There are a number of other facts respecting TCM which, while not well-known, are integral in appreciating the healing art that is acupuncture. This medical treatment has been and continues to be used successfully by over 25% of the world’s population. Acupuncture is practised daily in China, Korea, Japan, most Asian countries, and many European countries, as a means of not only preventing and diagnosing many ailments, but in the treatment of them.

The origins of acupuncture have been attributed to the twenty-seventh century before Christ, under the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, who has been lauded as the Father of Acupuncture. The principles which dictated the practice of acupuncture five thousand years ago are no less applicable today.

The main impetus of TCM is grounded in the belief that the human body is sustained and nourished by a “vital force” or “life energy” (Qi, phonetically, pronounced “chi”) which resides in the human body. This energy is extracted from one’s environment, via nutrition and respiration, and is then broken down in order that it may be absorbed by specific organs and stored by the body. It is when this energy source, or Qi, is blocked that physical and even emotional disorders result. Acupuncture seeks to reinstate the proper flow and energy balance to the afflicted areas of the body and thereby assist the body to heal itself by natural means.

The advantages of acupuncture are not only that the original 365 major acupuncture points on the body have been perfected to approximately 1,000, but that the treatment of these points render almost immediate remedial results. Not only are these results quickly achieved, but they are enjoyed at a low cost with minimal, if no side effects, unlike Western Medicine.

As with all things, people respond differently to treatment, and the severity of one’s symptoms and/or ailment also dictates the requisite term of treatment. In effect, a disorder of a chronic nature will require a longer term of treatment before the desired results are achieved, whereas the treatment of an acute ailment will garner remedial results soon after treatment is initiated.