Acupuncture is becoming more popular than ever and has a number of health benefits, and is suitable for most people and we will discuss these in this article.
Acupuncture, one of the cornerstones of in Chinese classical medicine, is a technique where a number of very fine metal needles are inserted into the skin at specially designated points.
With 4000 years of practical experience, acupuncture used in tandem with herbal medicine, has relieved pain and treated of several ailments.
The practitioners of acupuncture today also combine their treatment with burning leaves of moxa, or the Chinese wormwood tree. Acupuncture today is widely used in China for the treatment of ulcers, hypertension, arthritis, hay fever, and headaches, some types of blindness, and diarrhea, and high blood pressure.
Acupuncture is widely used all over the world as a general anesthetic during childbirth and some types of surgery. Unlike medical-chemical anesthesia, acupuncture will not reduce blood pressure or depress breathing. The patient stays fully conscious and there is no postoperative hangover or nausea, and most of all, feels no pain.
Acupuncture employs needles of varying in length from 1.25 cm) to several centimeters, and are inserted in designated points of the body. It is notable that these points are not necessarily near the affected organ.
During the treatment, the needles might be manipulated in specific ways. Also the depth of insertion also affects the treatment.
Modern techniques sometimes add electrical stimulation applied through the needles, or the use of electricity specifically as a replacement for needles… Acupuncture points (there are about 800) are arranged along 14 lines, called meridians, running the length of the body from head to foot.
The effectiveness of acupuncture in traditional Chinese is explained (and is based on) by the Taoist philosophy (or Taoism), wherein good health depends on the free circulation of chi (qi), or life-force energy, throughout all the organs and areas of the body. Chi, in turn, depends upon the harmonious balance of the two opposing energies of yin (negative, dark, and feminine) and yang (positive, bright, masculine).
The meridians are the main channels where the Chi flows. It is believed that when energy flow is congested at any point, e.g., because of a diseased organ or stress, illness in other organs may result. The acupuncture technique is believed to correct these imbalances.
Traditional Western medicine is now making many studies into the nature of acupuncture. Researchers have found that the acupuncture points correspond to points on the skin having less electrical resistance than other skin areas.
Therefore, it is explained that acupuncture works by stimulating or repressing the autonomic nervous system in some ways, and furthermore there is evidence that stimulation of the skin can affect internal organs by means of nerve reflex pathways.
It is also believed that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. It was also found that acupuncture stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turn signals adrenal gland to release anti-inflammatory chemicals.
Anyone who has undergone a successful treatment by acupuncture will verify these issues.
Acupuncture today is now used most often for pain control and drug and alcohol addiction in the West. In Europe, the practice has become an accepted alternative to traditional Western medicine.
The West is just now viewing the huge potential of this wonderful age-old health technique
Source by Sacha Tarkovsky