Acupuncture is a system for the diagnosis and treatment of illness originating in China where its use began over 2000 years ago.
What it aims to do is to treat the sick as well as the healthy. For that reason it is a form of preventive medicine thousands of years old.
Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine uses different tools for the diagnosis of the health of a person and for the treatment of the pathology presented for consultation. Doubtless the best-known method is the needles used to stimulate energy points lying along the different channels or meridians in the body, which in turn nourish the various organs of the body.
An acupuncture point can be stimulated or sedated depending on the needs of the organ to be affected. What is sought in this process is to normalise the energetic situation of the organ and thus return it to health.
Different techniques are used for diagnosis such as feeling the pulse, examining the tongue or the appearance of the face. There are a total of 12 pulse types, which allow the assessment of the 12 major organs and determination as to whether they are in plenitude or emptiness. The face and the tongue also reflect the condition of theses organs. All this together with the clinical history of the patient facilitates the appropriate treatment for each situation.
Apart from the needles, treatments can make use of moxibustion, suction or tuina.
Moxibustion is used to heat the needle, the purpose being to provide heat where necessary because there is too much cold energy. A vegetal material is used in the process, which has a particularly characteristic odour.
Suction or cupping is used to unblock contracted areas in full plenitude and to decongest them.
Tuina is a form of massage in which various techniques are used to stimulate or relax the different zones and organs of the body.
Acupuncture aims at returning energetic balance to the different organs of the body and thus facilitating their proper functioning. Where there is equilibrium, there is health.