Acupuncture has been popularized for its ability to speed recovery of acute injuries and manage chronic pain. It is not as well known, however, that acupuncture is based on an ancient system of health care called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which originated 4000 years ago.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into points along the body on the meridian system to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) to restore health. The needles can be placed local to the injury or pathology, as well as, at distant points along the meridians mentioned above to promote healing. With the growing interest in acupuncture, there is increasing research leading to an endorsement of acupuncture as a treatment from the World Health Organization and the National Health Institute.