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- A general description of acupuncture theory
- Acupuncture theory (Part 2): Channels
- Acupuncture theory (Part 3): Channel Theory
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 4): Channel Theory Continued
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 5): Functions of the Primary Channels
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 6): Twelve Primary Channels
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 7): Names of the Channels
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 8): Channel Pairings
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 10): Eight Extraordinary Channels
- Acupuncture Theory (Part 11): Luo Connecting Channels
ACUPUNCTURE: A GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Acupuncture is a sub branch of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin. These acupuncture needles are inserted at specific locations on the body. These locations, when stimulated with an acupuncture needle elicit a therapeutic response.
Acupuncture has been used in China for over 5000 years. In ancient times, acupuncture was not performed using acupuncture needles but with bone fragments. Over the centuries, acupuncture theory and acupuncture practice have been refined and integrated to become a sophisticated modality of health care.
ACUPUNCTURE: CHANNEL THEORY
Acupuncture channels are called “jing lou” in the Chinese language. It roughly translates to mean a channel. Acupuncture channels mostly run longitudinally through the body at varying depths. The depth of the acupuncture channel at any specific location is generally a reflection of the anatomy of the body in that area. For example, an acupuncture channel on the more delicate areas of the body such as hands and feet tend to be less deep than the acupuncture channels on larger parts of the body such as the abdomen or upper leg.