Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science that is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.
Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact, authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire, and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries from the people of the Orient. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the US until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed.
At first glimpse, acupuncture appears strange, as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part.
Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network in the body that we now call meridians. This network traverses just below the surface of the skin and communicates from the exterior to the internal organs using thousands of structures called "Acupoints" on the body. This energy works in harmony with the circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary, and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "Acupoints" on the body may restore harmony to the affected area, thus relieving whatever symptom may have manifested as a result of this meridian blockage.
Historians have stated, "More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern."