The word “acupuncture” is derived from two Latin words “acus” which means “needle” and “punctura” which means ‘to penetrate’. The word “acupuncture” therefore means ‘to penetrate with a needle’.
Acupuncture is a form of Alternative medicine. It is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body using thin needles.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
At the heart of TCM is the belief that 2 opposing prinicples yin + yang must remain in balance within a person’s body, and that an imbalance promotes disease. The concept of “qi” is also central to chinese medical philosophy. Qi is the circulating life force whos existence and properties are the basis of much chinese philosophy and medicine.