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Psychic Sandra: DON'T MISS THE POINT; Ancient acupuncture is thriving as a cure for ills.

Byline: Sandra Ramdhanie

ACUPUNCTURE is the insertion of very fine needles on the body's surface, in order to improve health problems. A non-invasive method of massage therapy, called Acupressure, can also be effective.

The first record of Acupuncture is found in the 4,700 year old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine).

This is said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world.

It is said to have been written down from even earlier theories by Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine.

Shen Nung documented theories about circulation, pulse, and the heart over 4,000 years before European medicine had any concept about them.

Shen Nung theorised that the body had an energy force running throughout it.

This energy force is known as Chi (roughly pronounced Chee). The Chi includes the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of life.

Health is influenced by the flow of Chi in the body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang.

Chi energy travels throughout the body along "Meridians" or special pathways. The Meridians, (or Channels), are the same on both sides of the body.

There are 14 main meridians running vertically up and down the surface of the body.

Out of these, there are twelve organ Meridians in each half of the body (they are in pairs). There are also two unpaired midline Meridians.

Acupuncture points are specific locations where the Meridians come to the surface of the skin, and are easily accessible by "needling" and Acupressure.

The connections between them ensure that there is an even circulation of Chi, a balance between Yin and Yang.

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NEEDLED: Acupuncture relieves many aches and pains
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Date:Feb 23, 2003
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