Acupuncture is a practice of alternative Chinese medicine. Acupuncture works by applying needles in acupuncture body points, but an acupuncturist may also use fingers or thumbs to apply direct pressure, a suction method with special cups, or electromagnetic energy impulses which are directly applied to the pressure points.
It is said that acupuncture works by improving the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrients throughout the specific networks of blood vessels to nourish every cell of the body.
Placing a needle or finger pressure on an acupuncture point stimulates the production and release of adenosine and endorphins, chemicals known to relieve pain.
Acupuncture is used to treat headaches and migraines, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual cramp, addiction, osteoarthritis, and asthma.
There are 2 000 acupuncture points on the human body that are connected by 12 primary meridians.
This meridian starts from the armpit, it continues and passes above the major artery, and ends at the tip of the thumb. Another meridian emerges from the back of the wrist and connects with the Large Intestine Meridian.
Starts from the chest through the armpit and down the arm to the tip of the middle finger. Another branch goes from the palm and connects with the Triple Burner Meridian.
Arises from the heart and splits into 3 branches. The first goes to the small intestine, the second goes upward and reaches the eyes, and the third goes from under the arm to the inner side of the palm where connects with the Small Intestine Meridian.
Large Intestine Meridian
This meridian goes from the tip of the index finger through the upper arm until it reaches the highest point of the shoulder.
Triple Burner Meridian
Starts from the tip of the ring finger, and reaches the shoulder where it branches in 2 paths. One goes to the chest through diaphragm uniting the upper, middle and lower burner. The second branch travels from the neck to the external end of the eyebrow and connects with the Gall Bladder Meridian.
Small Intestine Meridian
This one starts from the tip of the little finger and goes to the bottom of the neck where it divides into 2 branches. One branch goes through the heart and reaches the small intestine. The second goes across the neck, reaches the eye and enters the ear. It connects with the Bladder Meridian.
They all start from the head and end to the foot.
Start from the foot go along the inner side of the leg and reach the head.