Acupuncture is a widely used medical practice originating in China. It is a combination of two Latin words meaning ‘needle’ and ‘prick’. It is an ancient practice dating back to at least the 1st millennium BC. Although the clinical efficacy of this practice is debated, the traditional theory underlying its mechanisms has no basis in modern scientific conceptions of physiology and is therefore considered by its critics to be a pseudoscience. Acupuncture treats the human body as a whole that involves several "systems of function" that are in many cases associated with physical organs. Disease is understood as a loss of homeostasis among the several systems of function, and treatment of disease is attempted by modifying the activity of one or more systems of function through the activity of needles, pressure, heat, etc. on sensitive parts of the body of small volume traditionally called "acupuncture points". The debate rages on regarding its efficacy, but for thousands of years, people across China and Asia, and now even the West, are using it with varying levels of satisfaction.
Many other systems are also based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupressure is based on the same principles as stated above; however, it applies pressure at the acupuncture points instead of needle insertion. Chinese medicine principally employs a method of analysis and synthesis, inquiring on a macro-level into the internal systems of the human body and their mutual relationships with the internal and external environment in an attempt to gain an understanding of the fundamental laws which govern the functioning of the human organism, and to apply this understanding to the treatment and prevention of disease, and health maintenance. These techniques include Tui na, Moxibustion, Cupping, Herbology and others.
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