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Today, in most western cultures, acupuncture is considered a "new alternative" medicine. In reality, Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbal formulas) is an advanced medical modality that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Its non-invasive technique works with the body so that it may heal itself, thus eliminating pain and discomfort.
Acupuncture is based on the understanding that Qi travels through channels in the body just as streams and rivers course across the surface of the Earth. Every organ network has a corresponding set of points and channels, and acupuncture points are located in small depressions in the skin called "men" or "gates" where the channels come closest to the surface. In ancient times, when walls fortified cities, gates were opened to receive sustenance and closed to keep harm at bay. With acupuncture, the gates of the body are opened and closed to adjust circulation through the channels.
Although Oriental medicine doesn’t recognize a nervous system, it does indirectly treat it, as well as all aspects of the physical and energetic body. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with Moxabustion, the slow burning of the herb Mugwort, producing a low-level heat that deeply warms areas of the body where it has been applied. In addition, a deep, soothing method of massage therapy, called Tui Na is commonly performed at the end of a treatment.
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