The Ancient Art of Acupuncture Can Help Heal, Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress and Promote Wellbeing
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of medicine with its own diagnosis, and it is a time tested therapy that has been practised in China for thousands of years.
The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of Qi (energy). Qi moves between yin and yang. It can move inwards to the centre (yin) or outwards to the surface (yang). It governs the functions of the Internal Organs, and circulates to every parts of the body. Pain, for instance, results from disturbances in this circulation. By inserting fine needles at specific points, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
The flow of Qi can be disrupted in many ways: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet and overwork are all common examples. By examining the underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for each patient can be selected.
Blockages in the flow of Qi can manifest as pain, aches, numbness, cold sensation, or colour changes. The stiff neck and shoulder, lower back pain, headaches, cold hands and feet, sciatic, endometriosis, IBS, or dark eye circles are all good examples. These body’s signs, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis can help determine which points and channels are most suitable for treatment. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of acupuncture treatment and is vital in successfully assisting the body to rebalance itself.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION RECOMMENDATION:
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
lower back pain * neck pain * sciatica * tennis elbow * knee pain * periarthritis of the shoulder * sprains * facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) * headache * dental pain * tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction * rheumatoid arthritis * induction of labor * correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation) * morning sickness * nausea and vomiting * postoperative pain * stroke * essential hypertension * primary hypotension * renal colic * leucopenia * adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy * allergic rhinitis * including hay fever * biliary colic * depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) * acute bacillary dysentery * primary dysmenorrhea * peptic ulcer * acute and chronic gastritis.
Acupuncture also includes other techniques, some of which include:
AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT is performed by needling the points on the ear. Often, small herbal beads are used placed with adhesive plaster for longer lasting stimulation. It based on the theory that the ear holds a microsystem of the body, consistent with the sensory cortex of the brain. All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through the brain to the corresponding body parts. it is an effective way along with body acupuncture to help people who facing enormous stress, anxiety, depression,, insomnia, migraine, fatigue and other emotional and physical pain.
MOXIBUSTION A cone or stick of the herb moxa (mugwort) is burned on or near an acupuncture point to strengthen Qi and warm the blood. It is an effective treatment for diarrhoea, colitis, or infertility along with the acupuncture.
ELECTROACUPUNCTURE Passing a very weak electric current along the needle to get more effective effect for treating some problems, such as sciatic, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle cramps, or muscular dystrophy.