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Acupuncture and Phytotherapy
Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosing, treatment and prevention of diseases. It holds a special place in the traditional medicine. Many theories try to explain the mechanisms by which acupuncture helps the human body regenerate and heal itself, in a miraculous way in most of the cases. However, there is no connection between its principles of action and the anatomical structure of the body or that of the nervous, circulatory or lymphatic systems.
The theories approaching the mechanisms of acupuncture from an anatomical point of view cannot cover and explain its action, despite the fact that the anatomical structure of the body has been thoroughly studied along time by scientists who belonged to prestigious medical or religious centers throughout the world. According to the Eastern belief, the material body is supported by the energy skeleton. Acupuncture therapy releases and removes the minor or major energy disorders that occur in the respective energy system.
The anatomical studies and approaches cannot cover the complexity of acupuncture as system of treatment, because they do not take into account the idea of energy system, as it exists in the Eastern belief. The respective notion is common both with the Asian peoples, and with the Indian one, as the concept of energy skeleton is similar to the aura in the Hindu culture.
The origins of acupuncture
The origins of acupuncture go far back in history, to immemorial times, but this method of treatment has been as old as civilization on Earth. At the beginning, the energy points were stimulated by warm or cold stones; later they were stimulated by small-sized, arrow-like, stone needles that were inserted into the body in particular areas. In time, the stone arrows were replaced by bamboo ones. The efficiency of techniques and procedures increased when needles were made of iron.
At present acupuncture is a method of prevention and treatment acknowledged worldwide. However, it holds a special place in the medicine of the Chinese people. They have brought the greatest contribution to the development and use of acupuncture as treatment for the masses. Although prohibited between the years of 1929 – 1958, acupuncture was approved of by the Chinese political regime later, and the ban was lifted.
The first acupuncture treatise dates 4,500 years back. It includes a collection of books, 34 volumes put together under the name of Hei CHING. They comprise medical cases and methods of treatment used. In the first book, Doctor Pien Chi’ao tells how he managed to bring back to life a patient in a coma. The medical case and the methods used are thoroughly described and scientifically explained. The doctor also mentions that, in order to achieve the perfect energy balance, he complemented his acupuncture treatment by medicinal herb extracts that were taken 20 months.(click next button for preview next page)