Acupuncture is the name given to a component of Chinese traditional medicine which involves the sticking of fine needles in specific part of the body. This procedure is aimed at blocking energy and addressing imbalances in the body which are responsible for ill health. This technique has been in use for thousands of years in China and though relatively new in other countries, it is gaining massive popularity fast.
The theory behind this practice is that everyone is filled with a life force called qi or chi. When the ying and the yang, which are the masculine and feminine body aspects, are in balance, then the qi is in balance and this will lead to perfect health. When an individual is ailing, this is treated as a sign of imbalances that must be corrected to restore good health. Professionals in acupuncture will first talk to the patient and let them know what they are going to do and the areas they will focus on.
During a session of acupuncture, the patients are required to lie flat on a table which is adjusted to the height of the practitioner. Depending on the locations of needle insertions, the patients will either be fully clothed undressed fully with cloths used to cover them for modesty purposes. The needles will then be inserted at different angles ranging from 15 degrees, to 90 degrees to the skin, and this depends on the practitioner’s judgment. When inserted, these needles are manipulated through gentle vibrations, heating, cooling, electrification or twisting all in effort to stimulate the meridian.
After acupuncture treatment session, the patient will mostly feely highly invigorated or relaxed and these results will vary with practitioners and patients. The underlying condition causing pain may solve itself or it may take a number of sessions to resolve. If the needles are placed properly, the sessions should not be painful, cause bleeding or bruising. This is the main reason why it is recommended that patients should only seek the services of certified acupuncturist.
Studies and research involving acupuncture have indicated that this procedure can help in the alleviation of pain, headaches, treat nerve conditions, address vomiting and nausea, and mitigate asthma. Acupuncture has also been found to be beneficial to patients with back pain, cramps, carpal syndrome, arthritis and fibromyalgia. It is also recommended by WHO for allergies, substance abuse and stress. For optimal effectiveness, acupuncture is often combined with other forms of treatment.