The advantages of acupuncture have long been recognized in China, where the practice originated. However it has taken some time for these benefits to have once been recognized and accepted in the West. Acupuncture is a holistic medical practice, meaning simply that while a disorder may be quite express, the treatment prescribed may be said to treat the body in total. This generally runs counter to Western medical philosophy and practice, where a disease or disorder is isolated, and treated as an isolated entity.
Part of the problem why the benefits of acupuncture were slow to gain acceptance, is the indisputable fact that no one has been able to scientifically prove how it functions. According to Chinese practitioners, there are “meridians” through our body thru which our life energy flows. This energy, or life force is known as Ki, Chi, or Qi ( usually asserted either “key” or “chee” ). Though the insertion of needles at certain points on these meridians, the energy flow, said to be out of whack because of a disorder, or is causing the disorder, is brought into balance.
Western science has come a bit closer in spotting how acupuncture basically works, though it remains sort of a puzzle. The crucial fact however is that it does work, and there aren’t many now who would claim otherwise. Truthfully, there are some instances in which the benefits of acupuncture could be exaggerated, which is frequently due to fake claims by practitioners rather than faults in the practice itself.