Definition of: A technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, "needle", and pungere, "to prick". In Standard Mandarin, 針砭 (zhēn biān) (a related word, 針灸 (zhēn jiǔ), refers to acupuncture together with moxibustion).
The art and science of acupuncture lie in encouraging the body to bring about healing through its own abilities. Disposable, sterile, single-use needles are insterted at various points along energetic paths in the body called meridians.
Acupuncture involves the use of over 74 meridians. The use of these meridians allows the practitioner to forgo the use of herbs to bring about healing. Classical acupuncture is viewed as a complete healing system that can be used without knowledge of herbs or other modalities for a wide array of scenarios from acute-trauma to chronic/constitutional/genetic conditions.
The meridians most utilized are outlined as follows:
- 12 Sinew Meridians: (and 12 Cutaneous meridians) can treat individuals with a wide variety of conditions.
They are specifically useful for treating individual in acute and semi-acute (three months or less) musculoskeletal disorders, bruises, scars, and burns (both the pain and skin
- 16 Luo (pronounced Lo) Meridians: are useful for treating individuals with emotional, psychological,
spiritual conditions, such as obsessive thinking, depression, grief, anger, and shock. These meridians can also be useful in dealing with psychosomatic issues manifesting as musculo-skeletal and
digestive disorder. Though 16 Luo meridians exist at birth, the body will manifest others as needed; these manifestations will occur on the skin's surface as varicosities and/or nodules. Individuals
with these types of blood conditions can find benefit from the use of these meridians.
- 12 Primary Meridians are useful for a wide range of disorders; these 12 primary meridians allow for the full
art of Acupuncture to manifest in the point selection arising from the spirit and quality of the points coupled with the energetics of the Zang-Fu (viscera - lungs, heart/pericardium,
spleen/pancreas, liver, and kidneys and bowels- Stomach, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Gall Bladder, Bladder).
- 8 Extraordinary Meridians: (also called ancestral or constitutional vessels) are used to treat individuals
with illness developed in conception/gestation, childhood trauma’s unresolved, genetic disorders, psychosomatic conditions that persevere through generations, reproductive issues, and emotional
- 12 Divergent Meridians are useful for treating individuals with chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, sciatica, knee pain and other types of joint pain chronic in nature. Individuals dealing with cancer, HIV/AIDS, obesity, gastro-intestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, sexually transmitted diseases and skin disorders may benefit from the therapeutic use of these meridians.