what is acupuncture

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the procedure of using certain medical techniques to stimulate anatomical locations on or in the skin. It is a complete medical protocol targeted at correcting imbalances of energy in the body. Acupuncture involves insertion of very thin needles through a person’s skin – at specific points on the body along certain depths. For at least 2500 years now, acupuncture has been a component of China’s health care system. During the early 70’s when President Nixon opened relations with China, Acupuncture was popularised in the States. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of several medical conditions. These include pains as a result of injury or chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. And digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome). Also, emotional disorders and in neurological problems like migraines or Parkinson’s disease. It is also regarded as a strategy for rehabilitation of individuals who suffered a stroke. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma have are relieved with acupuncture. Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for reducing fatigue and for promoting overall well-being. By restoring the balance of energy which flows throughout the body. The world Health Organization (WHO) have also suggested that acupuncture may help treat a number of infections. Including some urinary tract infections and epidemic hemorrhagic fever. However, they stated that only national health authorities can determine the diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture treatment can be recommended.
What mechanism drives acupuncture? Energy is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance. From the perspective of the neuroscientists, acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. Once stimulated, there is increased blood flow, and at the same time stirring the activity of the body’s natural painkillers. Depending on the location with which the needle is to be inserted, the patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation. It is usually relatively painless.
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