Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese medicine that "qi" (energy) flows through the meridians of the whole body. Diseases arise because this flow is interrupted. If the qi in the blocked meridians can flow freely again, an increase of endorphins, painkilling substances and also immune system cells will be released. This leads to natural pain relief and faster recovery of the body.

Most people know acupuncture from the fact that it can reduce pain and stiffness. However, what most do not know is that acupuncture is effective for a lot of complaints. Acupuncture in combination with traditional Chinese herbs can cure or alleviate many complaints in a completely natural way. The W.H.O. (World Health Organization) has studied acupuncture for years, and the results show that acupuncture is certainly effective for a lot of symptoms, syndromes, traumas, diseases and disorders.

Acupuncture terms

The principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back to the Chinese philosophy of nature, which originated over four thousand years ago. What is the difference with western medicine? Chinese medicine strengthens health more and Western medicine fights disease more. Both approaches are useful and complement each other. Here is an explanation of some of the terms.

Yin and Yang
Yin stands for nourishing power and yang stands for performing power. Compare it with sleeping (yin) and working (yang). Or night and day. Or soft and hard. These forces must be in balance. If this balance is disturbed, we speak of illness.

Qi and meridians
Qi (sp.: chie) is energy, or also: bio-electricity. In our bodies, this energy flows through so-called meridians. These are non-visible channels just under the surface of the skin. Each of these meridians is connected to one of our organs. Meridians can be observed with a simple electrical measuring instrument. The trained acupuncturist feels qi with his fingers. When qi can flow freely, our body is in balance and we speak of health.

Acupuncture points
The meridians and the corresponding organs can be influenced from the outside by so-called acupuncture points. The needle of the acupuncturist accesses the qi flow through such a point. In acupressure this is done with hands and fingers.

Wrist and tongue diagnosis
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a very sophisticated diagnostic technique. By feeling the pulse, the acupuncturist deduces the vitality of the organs and of the patient as a whole. The same applies to the perception of the tongue: colour and shape give a lot of information about the situation in the body at that time. Thus, it is possible to observe disturbances in the energy balance at an early stage. Therefore, the Chinese doctor can often solve unexplained symptoms and can work pre-eminently preventive.

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