Chinese Acupuncture and Japanese (or Meridian) Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a procedure based on Traditional Chinese Medicine in which diseases can be prevented and treated through proper insertion of needles into points accompanied by different manipulations.
Very thin needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in the body. The objective of acupuncture is to regulate and normalize the flow of the Qi energy, so that the Yin and the Yang return to a state of dynamic equilibrium within the bodily system.
The techniques are carefully chosen based on the patient's condition.
ABOUT CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE
The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of the Qi energy through the individual.
The acupuncturist will insert the needle to an area of the body and will gently manipulate to enhance the sensation by gently rotating the needle. Needles are left in the body for some time.
ABOUT JAPANESE/MERIDIAN ACUPUNCTURE
A Japanese acupuncturist will usually come to a diagnosis through the inspection of the patient’s vitality, appearance, a variety of questions, listening to the patient and relying heavily on palpation of the abdomen, along the meridians and pulse diagnosis.
Japanese acupuncturists use extremely thin needles (thinner than those used in Chinese acupuncture) and a gentle technique with shallow insertion of the needle. Needles are only inserted superficially, sometimes without penetrating the skin.
Electro-acupuncture is very similar to traditional acupuncture. Needles are inserted into specific points in the body and stimulated with light electric current for the relief of patient symptoms. This procedure is painless and the electric current can not be felt.
Electro stimulation is usually used for treating acute and chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system.