Acupuncture is method of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM using special needles that are inserted into acupuncture points and stimulated. The depth of the needle insertion depends on the acupuncture point that is used in treatment.
Normally few acupuncture points are needled in a single treatment sessions.
There are different methods of stimulating acupuncture points range from classical stain-steels needles that can be twisted, pushed to laser, electric current and heat application etc. (for demonstrations and more information see Chapter the Basics of the Multimedia application Practical Acupuncture for Horses.
Acupuncture points can be considered as nodes or access point to bio-energy pathways that crisscross and connect all parts of the living body. Acupuncture points are connected to each other and to internal organs via meridians or channels that form an integrated network that might be compared to modern electronic circuits.
Meridians or channels are the conduits of the vital body energy known in (TCM) as Qi. By tapping into this bio energy network via acupuncture points, the practitioner influences or activates the flow of this vital energy (Qi). In Western medicine we may associate the stimulation of acupuncture points with changes in nerve stimulation, the release of neuro-hormones and invigorating feedbacks mechanisms.
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