Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for several thousand years to treat illness and promote well-being. In other countries, different styles of acupuncture were developed to meet the specific needs of people from their cultures. In Japan, acupuncture was developed to suit the sensibilities and constitution of the Japanese people – using thinner needles and shallower insertion to perform much milder stimulation than any other styles of acupuncture. The Japanese acupuncture theory and needle technique can be applied to anyone of any age, including infants and elders.
The foundation of Oriental medicine is the belief that there are invisible energy pathways called meridians flowing throughout our bodies, almost like railways. The traditional Japanese acupuncture, also called Meridian Therapy, uses these pathways to diagnose and treat health problems. We look at the entire railways first to find out which route causes stagnagtion of energy flow and seek a specific acupuncture point by palpation to release the stagnation. The vital energy is responsible for keeping our bodies alive and well. As long as this energy is flowing freely, we will remain healthy; however, once the energy flow in an area becomes weak or stagnant, disease or health problems will occur soon.
The purpose of acupuncture is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms but more importantly, to treat underlying causes and to balance the energy system. It acutually works best as a perventative medicine because it enhances immune, circular and endocrine systems. The combination of both Western and Eastern medical approach provides the best of both worlds, but please remember that the risk of side effect from acupuncture is none or minimum if any, and potential benefits are unlimited.