How does Acupuncture Work
RMIT University academic Dr Zhen Zheng explains how acupuncture works.
[Opening title and music]
Visual: Dr Zhen Zheng speaking to camera.
Dr Zhen Zheng; Acupuncture involves stimulating body walls like skin and muscle to produce therapeutic effect.
Visual: Hands preparing acupuncture needles. Needles being used on a patients’ hands and face.
Dr Zhen Zheng; It can be used for a very wide range of conditions- acute pain, chronic pain, and respiratory conditions, skin problems, and gastric problems.
Visual: Graphic animation showing the body as a system of roadways and traffic
Dr Zhen Zheng; So if you can imagine your body is the city. So in the city there are big roads, highways, there are small roads, there are lane ways. So if everything is fine, then traffic flows nicely. But when there's a car that breaks down, the traffic will jam up. And if the broken car is not fixed, the traffic jam will become worse and worse.
Visual: Graphic animation showing pointing to pain in the lower back and body being cleared of symbolised traffic.
Dr Zhen Zheng; Let's imagine that in the body there are meridians. And in these meridians we have chi flow – we have energy flow. Say, for instance, if you hurt your back, the local muscle will become very tight. And this kind of tightness is a way of blocking the chi flow. So to restore that, to reduce that problem, we have to put needles into the local area to help the broken car in a way, but also we will put needles away from the lower back, to divert traffic and restore the chi flow.
[Closing title and music with RMIT University logo: Dr Zhen Zheng is from the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University]
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