The stimulation of acupuncture points is one of the oldest and most widespread healing methods in the world. Inserting needles into precisely defined points of the skin can eliminate or alleviate disturbances in the body.
Acupuncture points are connected by energy pathways which are called “meridians.” According to ancient Chinese teaching, the life energy circulates through the body along these meridians. The two components of the life force, Yin energy and Yang energy, act in the body as opposite poles. The ideal state of health is achieved by balancing Yin and Yang in the body. Imbalances or blockage of energy leads to illness.
To restore the flow of energy, acupuncture points can be influenced in various ways. Inserting a needle into a point is called acupuncture.
The points can also be stimulated by heat (moxibustion), pressure (acupressure), laser beam (laser acupuncture) or ultrasound.
The course of a meridian through the body can explain why, for example, a disturbed gallbladder function can lead to headaches: The meridian running through the gallbladder region (the Gallbladder Meridian) extends further to the head. The meridian may be compared to a water hose: if the hose has a knot at one end, the water cannot flow out at the other end. Likewise, a headache may occur when the flow of energy in the Gallbladder Meridian is interrupted due to a disturbed gallbladder function. In this example, the disturbed gallbladder needs to be treated first, in order to fight the headache.
Many people are scared by the idea of having needles stuck into their body. However, acupuncture does not hurt because the needles are very thin and the majority of the people are surprised at what a pleasant experience it is.