Acupuncture is a method of healing developed in China over 3,000 years ago and has helped literally billions of people throughout history. Today, acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
The cornerstone of acupuncture diagnosis is pulse examination whereby the trained practitioner, by feeling the six pulses of each wrist may be able to determine the balance of the twelve meridians. This ancient method of diagnosis is giving way to modern electronic, computer enhanced evaluation known as Electro Meridian Imaging (EMI). The practitioner places an electronic probe on the skin over specific acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electro potential of the point is measured. This examination is extremely reliable and accurate and is quickly becoming the standard method of diagnosis.
Acupuncture is one of the most studied complementary medical practices and is gaining acceptance into Western medicine. According to the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization, acupuncture has proven effective in the treatment of many common problems including: