What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient for of treatment which originated from China almost 2000 years ago and has started gaining popularity among the whole world from the second half of the twentieth century. The treatment of acupuncture involves insertion of thin needles at various anatomical points of the human body which are considered as acupuncture points.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that all the functions of the body are regulated by the flow of “qi” which means vital energy in Chinese culture. The treatment of acupuncture aims at correcting the imbalances in the flow of such vital energy by stimulation of acupuncture points which are all connected by channels called meridians. Such stimulation helps in balanced flow of vital energy relieving all kinds of pains, promotes natural healing, improves functioning of affected areas and also improves mood and energy by giving a therapeutic effect to the body. It is often considered as an alternative to the normal medications and has also proved successful in relieving pains which has not been possible of traditional methods of medicine.
Let’s understand the working of Acupuncture and also the related effects it could give in medical treatment. According to the theory of Acupuncture, the channels or meridians of vital energy always run in regular fixed patterns throughout the body to nourish and give life to tissues. Any obstruction in this whole mechanism hinders functioning of the body. The insertion of needles in the exact acupuncture points help in removing such obstacles and regenerates the flow of energy. Thus imbalances in digestion, energy production and absorption are taken care by reestablishing the flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture treatment when done by a trained medical practitioner in acupuncture is termed as medical acupuncture. It is a system which has wide influence on three aspects of healthcare namely promotion of health and well being, prevention of illness and treatment of various medical conditions. Acupuncture has proved effective in cases of using it as a sole treatment or even if used as an alternative treatment to other forms of medication.
The use of Acupuncture is also been recognized by World Health Organization in treating wide range of medical problems like digestive disorders (which includes spastic colon, constipation, gastritis and diarrhea), respiratory disorders ( including sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, chest infections and sore throat), Neurological and muscular disorders (like headache, low back pain, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder and osteoarthritis) and finally reproductive, menstrual and urinary problems. This is truly a wide range of covering by the treatment of acupuncture.
Acupuncture revolves around the principles and philosophies of oriental medicine and thus could be effective to a large extent only when done in accordance to the principles.