All about Lotus Acupuncture

Acupuncture is considered by many to be an effective, tried and tested healing system which has been used for thousands of years. The various types of acupuncture use needling techniques whereby acupuncture needles are inserted to identified points which can be found all over the body.Lotus Acupuncture – Charlotte Acupuncture

These points are considered to have little whirlpools of energy (qi) at them and they are all connected to various body parts and organs via pathways or channels which are called meridians.

The traditional origins of acupuncture lie in the basis that disease is caused by problems with energy (qi) which runs along pathways (meridians) and can be affected positively or negatively by the five elements, yin and yang and other interior and exterior factors.

When the needles are inserted into the correct points, a course of acupuncture can help re-align the qi so it is running effectively for the patient’s well being. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own innate healing ability and corrects imbalances.

From the 1970s a medical acupuncture model started to develop which advocates a neurological rather than energy basis for the healing art. Medical acupuncture, which is also called scientific acupuncture, believes that the insertion of the needles in the points stimulate the nerve endings, having a variety of effects.

A Little Acupuncture History
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used by oriental countries as well as other countries for healing different kinds of illnesses. Thought to have originated in China, acupuncture was documented firstly in the Huang Di Nei Jing-Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which is considered to be the oldest medical book in the world.

In Europe there has been evidence cited that acupuncture was practised elsewhere in Eurasia in the time of the Bronze Age. Otzi the Iceman – the 5000+ year old mummified body had fifteen groups of tattoos, some in locations that were considered to be acupuncture points.

During the Stone Age earlier forms of acupuncture were practised in Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, South America, by the Eskimos and also by the North American Indians. There is evidence that in India it was even taught as an Ayurvedic subject.

In the 16th century Portuguese missionaries were thought to amongst the first to re-introduce it to the west. Doctors and missionaries from other countries also played a part in bringing acupuncture to Europe from the 17th century onwards.

Traditional Acupuncture
It is believed that the body contains channels or meridians where pressure points or acupoints are found. Acupuncturists believe that there are around 365 points which lie along these meridians, which stretch from the fingers through the brain. When a meridian is blocked, it produces an imbalance of qi or energy which triggers the onset of a disease.

It works like acupressure, however acupuncture makes use of needles while acupressure involves the application of pressure to the acupoints with the use of the hands, elbows, feet, fingers, palms and devices.

Proponents of this ancient oriental practice believe that illnesses are triggered by a disruption, obstruction or blockage in the natural flow of energy within the body. Acupuncture helps by removing these obstructions and restoring the natural flow of energy or qi along the meridians of the body.

In the TCM concept of disease, disharmony has been caused by a variety of possibilities and through correct and thorough diagnosis the aim is to harmonise the system again.