Acupuncture

  • Douglas Flagg
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-48113-0_13
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Acupuncture is a medical treatment that has emerged from the naturalist school of thought in China over 2,000 years ago. It has been modified and perfected over the course of its existence and has been adapted by other cultures. Acupuncture is one part of a Chinese medical system based on the production and flow of Qi (pronounced “chi”), which may be described loosely as vital energy. Qi circulates through meridians and organs in an orderly fashion and it is the disruption in the production and flow of Qi that results in disease and pain. As a system of medicine quite different than the Western system, acupuncture has its own language and references to organs may be thought of as metaphorical when compared to the Western definition of organ function. Traditional acupuncture treatments consist of insertion of thin sterile needles at specific locations along the meridians. The exact locations used are determined by a careful assessment by the acupuncturist or the patient and the problem...

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