Traditionally acupuncture is embedded in a complex theoretical framework that provides conceptual and therapeutic directions. Acupuncture relies on ordinary human sensory awareness, and its fundamental assertion is similar to the kindred philosophical systems of Confucianism and Taoism (Hahn 1982). The contemplation and reflection on sensory perceptions and ordinary appearances are sufficient to understand the human condition, including both health and illness. The foreign-sounding key words of acupuncture "language" such as Yin, Yang, dampness, wind, fire, dryness, cold, and earth as well as strange concepts have acted as a formidable barrier for acceptance by many Westerners. In reality, these key words represent human "meteorologic" conditions, which are sometimes pathologic and disruptive, but sometimes necessary and healthy (Kaptchuk). The following examples are to illustrate the Chinese prospective of Yin-Yang and Qi and how acupuncture works (Liu and Akira 1994).
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