Brian C. Allen, MSTOM, L. Ac. of New Castle, Delaware is one of the most qualified and experienced acupuncturists in the area.  Please read on to discover the basics about acupuncture.  The website menu contains various sub-pages about acupuncture, and there is an acupuncture category in the blog.  Please explore them all.

acu-hanzi(zhen jiu)

Zhen jiu is Chinese for acupuncture and moxibustion or to give or have acupuncture and moxibustion.

The word “acupuncture” comes from the Latin:  acus meaning needle, and pungere meaning to prick. 

What is Acupuncture?

Thought to have its origins in China, acupuncture is a healing practice in which fine needles are inserted into the body at specific points for treating health problems.  Although there are many variations, acupuncture is most commonly associated with Chinese (Oriental) medicine.

How does Acupuncture work?

Ancient Chinese discovered that qi flows through meridians (channels or pathways) in the body and that good health depends on the smooth and proper flow of qi.  Along those meridians are acupuncture points.  Qi can be accessed through those points via acupuncture needles which in turn regulates the qi flow.

Western Biomedical View

Acupuncture affects many of the body’s systems such as the nervous, vascular, and musculoskeletal systems.  The mechanisms by which acupuncture works are not yet fully understood by Western science framed within the Western scientific model.  However, scientific research is becoming more mainstream.  Asian countries have even followed suit and have produced massive amounts of Western scientific research on Acupuncture and other Chinese medical modalities.

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