Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles about the size of a human hair into the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points found on the body. Acupuncture and Asian/Oriental Medicine has gained worldwide acceptance and recognition as effective medical treatment. Over 15 million Americans have been treated by acupuncture. The research and knowledge about Asian/Oriental Medicine is only increasing. Other aspects of Oriental medicine are:
- Electro-acupuncture – the use of microcurrent technology, and electrical stimulation of the acupuncture points.
- Diet, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling
Cupping – this employs a glass as a suction device to stimulate blood circulation
Tai Chi – a form of physical exercise
Qi Gong – breath exercise Meditation – a form of relaxation
Various forms of therapeutic massage
Oriental medicine has been practiced for more than 2,500 years and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, Oriental massage and Oriental nutrition. It is a system of medicine that categorizes body patterns into specific types of diagnoses with corresponding treatment plans. Asian/Oriental medicine is practiced in most parts of the world and is now being taught in most American Medical schools including Harvard Medical School. One may be surprised to find that Asian/Oriental medical theory and practice has spread to France, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, much of Middle and South America, and Africa.