The Wonders of Acupuncture

 

Our technology is developing without cease, and with the innovations come new medicines, equipment, and therapies based on the study of genetics, organisms, and the like. However, as more people seek for avant acupuncturegarde techniques in curing diseases, enhancing beauty, and life prolongation, even more people are being drawn toward safe, alternative methods to achieve the same results. One specific method that is continuously gaining acclaim is acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an Oriental medical methodology that originated and is constantly being practiced in China. It employs thin, solid needles, which are inserted into specific points in the body through the skin. Acupuncture believes in the presence and importance of qi (otherwise called ki or chi)—the universal life energy that flows through channels in the body called the meridians. Meridians are where acupuncture points are generally found.

One thing to understand with regard to this method is that the needles do not contain anything and are simply used to allow the qi to flow smoothly in our bodies. That is to say acupuncture is grounded on the belief that certain diseases and anomalies root from blocked qi channels. Therefore, removing the obstructions with the needles will alleviate the symptoms or assist in curing the ailment completely. While a lot of people associate acupuncture with just the needles, it will be best to know that different techniques using the needles are being utilized. Some of these techniques are the following:

  • Needle Manipulation—this involves lifting, twisting, and rotating of the needles.
  • Electroacupuncture—electricity, in different voltages and frequencies, is allowed to flow through the needles and into the body.
  • Auricular Acupuncture—reflexology generally believes that points in our hands and feet connect to all the organs in our body. Quite similarly, this branch of acupuncture believes that points in the ear represent the different areas of the body.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is being used to treat a wide array of diseases and illnesses ranging from simple colds to more chronic conditions. Some ailments that are known to benefit from this methodology are:

  • Nervous System and Mental Issues—phobias, obsessive behavior, anxiety
  • Muscular System—various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Respiratory System—bronchitis, asthma, chest infections
  • Digestive System—gastritis, spastic colon, diarrhea
  • Other Problems--addictions, eating disorders, obesity, conjunctivitis, cataracts, gall stones

Some Precautions to Remember

Acupuncture can be helpful, but it will certainly do no harm to take some precautions before undergoing an acupuncture session. Here are some tips that will make your experience an enjoyable one:

  • Avoid overeating or physical exhaustion as it might make you weak and nauseous during and after the session.
  • Wear loose clothing to avoid hassle during the insertion of needles.
  • Ask about the types of needles used, specifically if they are disposable. If not, ask about the cleaning and sterilization protocol.
  • Talk about your specific condition before the session begins (e.g., if you are suffering from recurring symptoms, pregnant, or the like).