F ive different methods of treatments have traditionally formed an important part of mainstream medicine in China. These include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina massage, taiji (tai ch’i) and qi gong exercises and individual dietary advice, which are all based on the same ancient principles and aimed at cultivating and nourishing qi (vital energy) for health and longevity. Out of these, acupuncture is the most popular treatment in the West, showing documented effectiveness for conditions such as back pain, dental pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting and osteoarthritis of the knee.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
M any people turn to acupuncture for various reasons. Some use it for help with their specific symptoms, while others choose it as a preventative measure, for health maintenance or for improved quality of life.
Treatment is aimed at the root cause of the illness as well as the main symptoms, often resulting in an improved feeling of well-being. Since it aims at treating the whole person it can be effective for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.