People who receive
acupuncture see their physicians less frequently and use fewer
medicationsaccording to a survey conducted by Claire Cassidy,
(Journal of Alternative &
Complementary Medicine; Spring 98, Vol. 4).
In addition, over two thirds of those surveyed reported
having avoided surgery.
Acupuncture is a
healing art that originated in China over 3000 years ago. It is
based on the theory that a universal life energy called qi
(pronounced “chee”) permeates all living things and underlies all
natural phenomena. Qi courses through our bodies in channels similar
to flowing rivers. When the qi is full and flowing, we are strong
and healthy. However, everyday stresses (poor diet, lack of
exercise, emotional distress, injury or disease) can over time
create blocks to energy – qi -- that lead to physical, mental or
emotional problems. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi
within the body, mind and spirit, so that healing can begin. The
benefits of acupuncture are now clearly recognized and
well-documented in Western medical journals and in medical
institutions across the United States.