Introduction about Acupuncture, Acupressure and Moxibustion

Acupuncture is the method of preventing and treating different diseases which involves inserting very fine needles at specific anatomic point on the skin (acupoint). Moxibustion is the way of burning moxa herb on the body surface in order to prevent and treat different diseases. Acupressure refers to the application of manual pressure on the specific points on the body surface to treat various ailments. . The use of acupuncture, acupressure and moxibustion is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

Acupuncture is based on the belief that qi (vital energy) flows through the body along a network of paths, called meridians. Qi is said to affect a personís spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical condition. According to TCM, qi has two forces, yin and yang. Yin and yang are opposite forces that work together to form a whole. The forces of yin and yang depend on each other and are made from each other in an unending cycle, such as hot and cold, day and night, and health and disease. Nothing is ever all yin or all yang, both exist in all things, including people. Many of the major organs of the body are believed to be yin-yang pairs that must be in balance to be healthy. When a person's yin and yang are not in balance, qi can become blocked. Blocked qi causes pain, illness, or other health problems. TCM uses acupuncture, diet, herbal therapy, meditation, physical exercise, and massage to restore health by unblocking qi and correcting the balance of yin and yang within the person.