The first thing, before proceeding to determine the meaning of the term acupuncture, is that we establish its etymological origin. In this sense, we would have to say that it is a word that emanates from Latin since it is the fruit of the union of two Latin words:
• “Acus”, which is synonymous with needle.
• “Puncture”, which is made up of two parts: “punctus”, which is the participle of the verb “pungere” (click), and the suffix “-ura”, which indicates activity.
Defined by Digopaul, acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that is developed from needles that are stuck in certain points of the body.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Its objective is to restore the patient’s health through the insertion and manipulation of needles in the human body. Due to the lack of scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness, acupuncture is usually included in the group of alternative medicines.
It should be noted, however, that acupuncture points (that is, the points on the body where the needles are stuck) are standardized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This entity recognizes acupuncture as an effective means of treating several dozen diseases and disorders. The UNESCO, meanwhile, told acupuncture and moxibustion (using roots of a plant pressings) as part of the Cultural Heritage.
Currently throughout the world acupuncture has acquired an important relevance and that is because thanks to it it is possible to benefit from a significant number of advantages, among which the following stand out:
• It is a great treatment to end stress problems or anxiety pictures.
• It manages to alleviate and reduce the pain that certain people suffer. By this we mean headaches, migraines, sprains, arthritis, sprains in the joints, back problems…
• No less valuable is to establish that acupuncture has also become a great alternative when it comes to recovering faster than any ailment.
• This ancient technique also helps improve blood circulation.
• It is also used by many people who want to lose weight.
• In addition, in recent years the number of individuals who have opted for this treatment has grown in order to quit the harmful habit of smoking.
• Ending insomnia problems is another of the important goals that acupuncture achieves.
Oriental philosophy considers the human being as a whole, where its components are interrelated. The vital energy or qi travels through the body through meridians or channels known as king. Traditional acupuncture maintains that there are 361 points on the twelve meridians of the body that can be acted upon. By inserting a needle into a specific point on the meridian, acupuncture balances the energy of the organ that governs the meridian.
Acupuncture, therefore, stimulates or drives a depression in the points to rebalance the body’s energy, since diseases are considered, in this sense, an imbalance of qi.