Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 4000 years and today there are over 3 million practitioners worldwide.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective and natural therapy for many acute and chronic ailments. Acupunture is holistic and aims to regulate the energetic of the body and bring it back into balance. Acupuncture treats both symptoms and the root of an illness. Acupuncture can treat signs and symptons that may not have a clear Western medical diagnosis. It can also strengthens the immune system and relieve pain. At a normal acupuncture session, the doctor inserts extremely fine, stainless steel, sterile needles into specific points (acupoint) along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body.These needles signal the body to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi, and restore health and well-being.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Health is a condition of balance of yin and yang within body. Particularly important in acupuncture is the free flow of Qi, Qi is non-material and hence yang, its yin, material counterpart is blood. Acupuncture treatment regulates the flow of Qi and blood, tonifying where there is deficiency, draining where there is excess, and promoting free flow where there is stagnation. "no pain no blockage, no blockage no pain."
Disease is understood as a loss of balance of yin&yang, Qi&blood. Treatment of disease is attempted by modifying the activity of one or more systems of function through the activity of needles, pressure, heat etc. on sensitive parts of the body of small volume traditionally called acupoints in English, or "xue(穴)" in Chinese.
How does acupuncture work?
In the orient it is sufficient to say that acupuncture stimulates and regulates our energy(or Qi). Within the west we are always looking for another explanation that more easily fits into our concept of what medicine is and how medicine works. Unfortunately no one can firmly say acupuncture works by such and such methods. The problem is that there are many different styles and techniques of acupuncture and they don't fit anyone particular model. We do have some understand about how acupuncture works, but we don't have the complete picture. For example, when acupuncture is used as an analgesic for operations in China it is understood that the insertion and manipulation of acupucture needles stimulates the production of the body's own natural painkillers endorphins. At the other end of the scale, very gentle stimulation of the small toe of a 34 weeks pregnant woman can cause the baby to turn into the correct position if it is lying in a breech position.This would not stimulate the body's endorphins. Instead other theories have emerged about the effect it has on the adrenal glands- another model for another type of acupuncture. In short, there are many theories about how acupuncture works but there is no one conclusive one.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Usually nothing is felt as the needle penetrated the skin, as the needles are not much thicker than a human hair.When the needle reaches certain depth of the acupuncture points some kind of sensation will be felt. This can be a feeling of numbness, or a mild ache, or even like some people describe it as weird. Most people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and positive experience.
Channel or Meridians System
The channels are a system of conduits that carry and distribute Qi, or vital energy, throughout the body. Channels present organs of the body. Using acupoints on the channel representing that organ can treat diseases of a particular organ. Disease presents when the flow of Qi through the channels is disrupted. This may occur when the integrity of the channels themselves is damaged by a sprain or strain. The Chinese describes this as a disease of pain, caused by a localized disruption to the flow of Qi. The flow of Qi through the channels may also reflect the result of internal disease. For example, if there is disease of liver then the flow of Qi through the liver channel will be inactive .
Acupuncture points are quite specific areas on the channels. They represent points of maximum influence on the flow of Qi through the Channels.
If the balance of yin and yang is seriously disrupted (so that disease results), then there will be an abnormal flow of Qi, or vital energy, through the channel representing the diseased organ. The diseased organ must be diagnosed and then acupuncture points can be selected from the relevant channel. The use of these specific acupuncture points corrects the flow of Qi in the Channel and this, in turn, has an effect on the diseased internal organ. The overall result of this therapy is to correct the imbalance within the body , and thus heal the disease, and internal disease can therefore be treated by external means.
Electronic-Acupuncture——applying needles with low frequency electric pulse to stimulate the acupoints of human body.
Disposable needles are always used to ensure that the strictest standards of sterilization are maintained to protect against HIV, Hepatitis B or any other blood transmitted contagious disease.
Acupuncture isn't just about using needles, and some patients prefer not to have needles. There are some techniques based on the principles of acupuncture. They may also be used such as acupressure, reflexolagy, cupping or moxibustion.