Friday, May 13, 2005

Acupuncture

Acupuncture ~ "...Practitioners of acupuncture insert fine, sterile needles into specific points of the body as a treatment for various disorders. .... The use of acupuncture in anesthesia is mainly confined to China. Acupuncture is in fact an element within the traditional Chinese medicine health system...The site of the needle depends on the disorder and whether the flow of "qi" [life energy] is to be warmed, reduced or increased. Up to several acupoints may be used. ...For some conditions the practitioner burns the herb Moxa creating heat to stimulate the acupoints. Glass cups may also be placed over acupoints in order to draw "qi" and blood toward them.

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