Oriental Medicine is a coherent medical system which has been supporting the health of human kind for the last few millennia. The system includes a number of methodologies such as acupuncture, herbology, gua sha, tui na, moxibustion, and cupping, just to mention a few. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of needles into specific locations in the body (acupuncture points), which will effect “the qi” (life energy) in the “Channels” (the pathways where the qi flows through), resulting in physiological changes. By manipulating “the qi” in these “Channels”, we can effect the state of health.
Despite the fact that acupuncture is well known for treating pain, it can be used to virtually treat any ailment, acute or chronic. As a matter of fact, acupuncture is much more efficient in treating chronic disorders than western medicine is, the reason being that the latest focuses on suppressing symptoms, rather than treating the root cause of the condition.
Thus, acupuncture can be used to treat from an acute common cold, to a chronic case of rheumatoid arthritis.