Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complementary treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a fine needles penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.
How acupuncture works?
Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis.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. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body.This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.
Condition of acupuncture
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines
The NCCIH note that it has been proven to help in cases of:
● Lower back pain
● Neck pain
● Knee pain
● Headache and Migraine
How Acupuncture helps?
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective.
● High and Low blood pressure
● Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
● Some Gastric conditions, including Peptic Ulcer
● Painful periods
● Allergic Rhinitis
● Facial pain
● Morning sickness
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Tennis elbow
● Dental pain
● reducing the risk of Stroke
● Inducing labor
Acupuncture can be beneficial in that:
● Performed correctly, it is safe.
● There are very few side effects.
● It can be effectively combined with other treatments.
● It can control some types of pain.
● It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable.
Course of treatment
According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians, through which vital energy runs. This energy is known as “qi” or “chi.” An initial acupuncture session usually lasts 20-40 minutes and involves an assessment of your general health, medical history and a physical examination, followed by insertion of the acupuncture needles. Courses of treatment often involve up to 10 separate sessions, but this can vary.
Ways treatment performed
The patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. The acupuncturist should use single-use, disposable, sterile needles. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation. After the needle is inserted, there is occasionally a dull ache at the base of the needle that then subsides. Acupuncture is usually relatively painless. Sometimes the needles are heated and stimulated with electricity after insertion. (known as electroacupuncture).