1: Acupuncture By Layane
2: Did you know that over 2000 years ago, people were creative enough to invent medicine? One of the most popular types of holistic medicines they used was called acupuncture. Doctors inserted needles into the patient's body to heel serious sicknesses very quickly. It actually worked very well but some people believed that it worked as it does because of the yin and yang energies. What do you think?
3: Acupuncture was most supported by the Taoists, a group of people that have a different way of looking at life than others. That is because acupuncture was used to cure illnesses that were thought to be caused by an imbalance between the yin and yang. This imbalance happens when there is too much or too little of one of the 2 cosmic energies (yin or yang). Ancient Chinese thought that when you insert needles into the patient's body, the energy that the body contains too much of is let out from the body. That causes the sickness to be cured and the 2 energies become perfectly equal to each other. The same theory is used when there is too little much of one of the 2 energies, what happens is that the needle inserts a bit of the energy that the patient is lacking into their body. Ancient Chinese also believed that a person is in health when the chi, which means life energy, runs smoothly through the body, but when the chi is imbalanced or doesn't run smoothly illness is caused. There is no proof if these theories of the yin and yang imbalances and the chi’s flow are real or not but they sound smart and they do make sense.
4: Not exactly any person can be an acupuncture doctor, no one at all can be an acupuncture doctor with no knowledge about acupuncture. A person would have to be a total expert at acupuncture and know many things about it and how it works. Only first class doctors and trained professionals can properly and easily cure their patient's sicknesses using this unique medical strategy. A person should also be able to pass an ordinary test that is given to them in order to be able to be an acupuncture doctor. As well, they would also have to know exactly where the acupuncture points are located in a human body. They would have to know the basic meridians, what they are called and where they are. And they would have to know the map of the body and how everything relates to it. And one of the most important things are that they would have to know how to not cause a lot of pain or, even better, no pain at all when they are using the needles on the patient's body. So without knowing all of those things, you can not be an acupuncture doctor and cure all of your patients.
5: Acupuncture is a very complicated and smart system that works quite well, it consists of one hundred acupuncture points, and twelve basic meridians, as well as a special map of the human body. This map of the human body shows all the acupuncture points and all the basic meridians and that is what the acupuncture doctors used to help and guide them to cure their patients properly. The acupuncture points on the body map show how and where the area that is in pain connects to the area where the needle is inserted by the doctor. The typical insertions are about three to ten mm. into the body, but some insertions go up to ten inches or twenty-five cm. into the body! While the needle is in the body, but before the needle is pulled out of the body, it is twirled or turned around. The twelve basic meridians are called: the lung, the gall bladder, the large intestine, the liver, the stomach, the urinary bladder, the spleen, the kidney, the heart, the pericardium, the small intestine, and the triple heater. The result of this smart medical technique is that the pain of the patient is heeled well and usually quite quickly.
6: Now you can tell that acupuncture is an unconventional heeling medicine. The theory behind how it works so well about the yin and yang energies flowing across the human body remains unproven. But the fact that acupuncture has survived for thousands of year makes us think that maybe part of the theory is actually true.
7: Questions 1. What did the Chinese believe happens if there is too much of one of the 2 cosmic energies in the patient's body? 2. What does a person have to do to qualify as a doctor? 3. Name 3 of the 12 basic meridians. 4. What 2 types of doctors can be acupuncturists? 5. What are the yin and yang?
8: Picture Bibliography Yellow body map: http://www.lbacu.com/acupuncture.html White body map: http://school.eb.com/eb/topic?idxStructId=4736&typeId=17&query=acuouncture Yin & yang #1: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/118808-one-cold-one-hot-nature.html Yin & yang #2:http://fine_art_for_office.perso.sfr.fr/ Yin & yang #3;http://blogen.chinesevoice.com/?paged=85>lang=es
9: Picture Bibliography Continued Docter #1: http://www.itmonline.org/jintu/doublestuff.htm Doctor #2: http://nourishingobscurity.blogspot.com/2009/01/barefoot-doctors-primary-health-care.html Acupuncture needles #1: http://beyondbreastcancer.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/aupuncture-awareness-week/ Acupuncture needles #2: http://www.utahstories.com/eastern_medicine.htm