TCM - Acupuncture - Meridian Therapy
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the term "acupuncture" describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with painless, thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
It is important to remember that the word Acupuncture was invented by french monks who called it so upon witnessing the 'puncturing' with a 'sharp instrument' (Acus). Meridian Therapy might be a better direct translation of the therapy we call acupuncture, since the puncturing with a sharp instrument is but one of many ways to influence the energy pathways called meridians. Meridian therapy itself is only one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is an entire medical system, which includes the use of the Five Element Theory to direct the use of herbs, cupping, massage and manipulation, mind-body therapies, dietary modifications, and more. Each Element or Phase represents a natural state found in nature which is also reflected in the human condition. This is a Holistic approach. The Five Elements are also applied in Feng shui, martial arts and astrology.