Chinese medicine is based on the concept of natural balance: which most Americans know by the yin and yang. According to this theory, life takes place in the alternating rhythm of “yin” (darkness and rest) and “yang” (light and activity). This ebb and flow creates a cycle that we can observe in nature daily.
The proper balance of yin and yang allows the body to have a healthy flow of “qi” - life force. A disruption of qi disrupts the yin/yang balance and causes our various physical and psychological abnormalities.
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The Rise of Acupuncture
Around 2nd century BC, the original definitive work on acupuncture, the Nei Jing identified all of the currently defined 12 regular channels as well as 135 bilateral acupoints. It overall described around 295 of the 670 acupoints that are currently accepted by the acupuncture community. The Nei Jing described how the channels interact, especially in terms of regulating the yin/yang balance and the flow of qi.
To this day, the study of acupuncture is based on those ancient principles, exploring all the different ways application of pressure to certain channels affects the balance and well-being of the body.