Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.


Main principles

The Physiology of Chinese medicine holds that the human body's life is the result of the balance of yin and yang. Yin is the inner and negative principles, and yang, outer and positive. The key reason why there is sickness is because the two aspects lose their harmony. Seen from the recovery mechanism of organs, yang functions to protect from outer harm, and yin is the inner base to store and provide energy for its counterpart.

In the TCM view, a vital energy or life force called qi circulates in the body through a system of pathways called meridians. Health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony in the circulation of qi.

The TCM approach uses eight principles to analyze symptoms and categorize conditions: cold/heat, interior/exterior, excess/deficiency, and yin/yang (the chief principles). TCM also uses the theory of five elements—fire, earth, metal, water, and wood—to explain how the body works; these elements correspond to particular organs and tissues in the body.

Acupuncture is perhaps the most well known and widely used type of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves the use of needles, which are placed at specific points and left in the body for a short period of time. With proper needle placement, it is believed that the body releases endorphins and engages nerve endings in the body. This helps to block pain and restore the body’s functions for optimal health.  Some acupuncturists also incorporate the use of heated herbs as part of their practice.


Ruchis Holistic Therapy specializes in Acupuncture therapies.


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