Acupuncture originated in China over five thousand years
ago. It is based on the belief that health is determines by a balance
flow of qi (also referred to as chi), the vital life energy present in
all living organisms. According to acupuncture theory, qi circulates in
the body along twelve major energy pathways, called meridians, each
linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. According to
William Michael Cargile, B.S., D.C., F.I.A.C.A., Chairman of Research
for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, there
are over one thousand acupoints within the meridian system that can be
stimulated to enhance (just under the skin), they help correct and
rebalance the flow of energy and consequently relieve pain and/or
"Not only is acupuncture effective as a primary modality, it
also plays a vital role as an adjunctive therapy due to how effective
the meridian system is as a means of proper diagnosis. Because the
meridians influence every cell in the body and pass through every organ
and organ system, acupuncture, helps to provide an accurate and
noninvasive means of determining health deficiencies as well as a method
of re-establishing balance."
Acupuncture is also valuable in the treatment of environmentally-induced illnesses due to radiation, pesticide poisoning, environmentally toxic compounds, and air pollution. Also treatment for pain relief, as it appears to stimulate the release of endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals. David Eisenberg, M.D., Clinical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School states that, "There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters (substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain) and neuromodulators (substances produced by neurons which effect neurotransmitters), and that this in turn alters the perception of pain."
Does It Hurt?
No, if skirmish to needle pricks, other forms of treatment
may be used like: electro stimulation, ultra-sound waves, laser beams, or
heat to acupuncture points.
Yes, with maximum benefits and no dangerous side effects.
30 to 45 minutes depending on what method is being used and what the treatment is for.