Acupuncture has been used as a traditional method of healing in China for the last five thousand years. The intent is to "bring about a balance between positive and negative (yin-yang) ... energy [which] travels throughout the body by means of pathways called meridians" (Crockett 1996). It involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at precise points along these meridians; these needles are sometimes jiggled to increase the healing effect (Crockett 1996). While some techniques of Western acupuncture are similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture, the healing paradigm it is based on is consistent with a biomedical understanding of health, illness, and the body rather than with the health and healing ideology that underpins traditional Chinese medicine. For instance, medical research has "linked acupuncture points to certain types of nerve endings and demonstrated that needling causes the release of natural pain killers" (Vickers 1993:120).

Acupuncture For Cynics

Acupuncture For Cynics

Have You Always Been Curious About Acupuncture, But Were Never Quite Sure Where To Stick The Needles? If you associate acupuncture with needles, pain and weird alternative medicine then you are horribly misinformed about the benefits of the world's oldest form of medicinal treatment.

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