Medical acupuncture is a practice that has been successfully incorporated into medical or allied health practices in Western countries. It is derived from Asian and European sources and is practiced in various combinations and needle patterns.
The choice of needle patterns can be based on traditional principles such as encouraging the flow of qi (pronounced chee), a subtle vivifying energy, through classically described acupuncture channels and/ or modern concepts such as recruiting neuroanatomical activities in segmental distributions or a combination of these two principles.
The adaptability of classical and hybrid acupuncture approaches in Western medical environments is the key to their clinical success and popular appeal.
To read more about medical acupuncture, please visit the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
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