Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that has existed in some form almost as long as civilization itself. Using small needles applied along energy pathways within the body, acupuncture allows the body to heal and defend against disease by stimulating the hormonal, circulatory, and immune systems. Here are some of the guiding principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine upon which the practice of acupuncture is based:
It is believed that a constant flowing energy is moving through all living things from plants to animals to humans. This energy called qi—pronounced “chi”—promotes interconnectivity among all life, and it is present within the blood stream to preserve health and well-being.
In western terms, shen may be thought of as one’s consciousness or soul. It is responsible for mankind’s mental abilities, and it is represented through an individual’s personality and thoughts.
All living beings are thought to have a specific quantity of jing from birth. As one ages, jing is slowly used to help the body grow and develop. If one leads a life of apathy or negativity, jing is consumed faster.
The five elements represent all the matter that surrounds people in the universe. They are earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. Each element is meant to show the phases through which all things pass in a lifetime. They should remain in balance to create a healthy living environment and promote well-being.