Sunday, December 28, 2008

Acupuncture: Ancient technique for Modern Complaints

Acupuncture is one of the oldest treatments in the world. First accredited to the Chinese, archaeologists have discovered stone acupuncture needles dating back as far as 3000 B.C.! These days, stone needles have given way to more modern tools, but the concept is the same as it has always been: extremely slender needles – usually about the width of a human hair – are inserted through the skin to various depths. When inserted into the correct points, these minuscule needles stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissues, and increase crucial blood flow.

Acupuncture is equally great at treating specific complaints – such as headaches, for example – or general feelings of ill health or malaise. It has been used successfully to treat a large number of diseases, and to provide substantial relief from a range of symptoms. It can help in the process of overcoming addictions or emotional disorders. But you don't have to be sick to reap the benefits; by balancing the body's systems, acupuncture can assist in keeping you healthy and vital.

Acupuncture is drug-free and safe for anyone: even children, pregnant women (some points are contraindicated), and the elderly. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are just two of the respected institutions that have acknowledged its beneficial effects. Whether you're in need of relief or fit as a fiddle and want to stay that way, there's something in it for you.

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