Why Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is considered a preferable alternative to drugs and surgery for several reasons. First, it is a
relatively low-risk treatment, with few side effects. Second, it is cost-effective, especially when compared to
the high cost of many drugs and surgical procedures. Third, it is a holistic treatment that addresses not only
the physical symptoms of a condition but also the underlying emotional and mental causes, which can lead to
improved overall health. Additionally, acupuncture has been used for centuries and has a long history of safe
use, with many satisfied patients.
In acupuncture, the concept of disease refers to a disruption or imbalance in the flow of energy (also called qi
or chi) in the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when this flow is disrupted, it can lead to
various physical and emotional symptoms, including pain, illness, and dysfunction. Acupuncturists use thin
needles to stimulate specific points on the body, called acupoints, in order to restore the balance of energy
and alleviate symptoms.
Imbalance at the energy levels can be caused by a variety of factors, such as anxiety, tension, and emotions,
seasonal changes, and individual responses to changes in temperature. Biological factors such as bacteria,
viruses, parasites, and animal bites can also play a role, as well as genetic factors. An imbalanced diet and
living environment can also contribute to this disruption of energy flow. However, by avoiding these causative
factors and restoring equilibrium, all diseases can be cured, no matter how complicated they may appear.
Diagnosis in Acupuncture
Acupuncture diagnosis is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which views the body as
a complex system in which the various organs, systems, and functions are interrelated. Acupuncturists use a
variety of diagnostic methods to assess the flow of energy (also called qi or chi) in the body, as well as the
overall balance of yin and yang.
Some common diagnostic methods used in acupuncture include:
Inspection: Observing the patient's appearance, including the color of
their face, tongue, and eyes, as well as any rashes, moles, or other markings.
Auscultation and olfaction: Listening to the patient's voice and
breathing, and smelling their breath, to assess the condition of the lungs and other internal organs.
- Palpation: Feeling the pulse on the wrist to assess the flow of energy
in the body and the condition of the internal organs.
- Questioning: Asking the patient about their symptoms, medical history,
and lifestyle to gain a comprehensive understanding of their condition.
- Tongue diagnosis: Examining the color, shape, and coating of the tongue
to assess the overall health of the body.
- Observation of signs and symptoms: Observing the symptoms and signs that
the patient presents with.
Each of these diagnostic methods is used together to form a holistic picture of the patient's condition in
order to determine the best course of treatment.
Is Acupuncture Painful ?
Acupuncture is generally considered a low-pain or painless procedure. Many people describe the sensation of
acupuncture as a mild, dull ache or tingling sensation around the needle. Some people may feel a slight pinch
when the needles are inserted, but this sensation usually fades quickly.
While some people may be more sensitive to the sensation of acupuncture, most find it to be a comfortable and
relaxing experience. The practitioner may adjust the needle depth and technique to minimize discomfort, and will
check in with the patient during the treatment to ensure they are comfortable.
It's important to note that everyone's pain tolerance is different and some people may experience more
discomfort than others. Additionally, certain conditions and areas of the body may be more sensitive than
others, and may require a gentler approach or a shorter treatment time.
If you are concerned about pain during an acupuncture treatment, it's best to discuss this with your
practitioner before the treatment begins. They will be able to adjust their technique to minimize discomfort and
make sure you are comfortable during the treatment.
Is Acupuncture slow ?
Acupuncture is generally considered a slow treatment method, as it involves the insertion of thin needles into
specific points on the body, called acupoints. The needles are usually left in place for 10-30 minutes,
depending on the condition being treated. But this perception is not true.
It's important to note that usually an acupuncturist treats patients with chronic diseases, which are not cured
by routine therapies. To arrest the chronic disease process and then turn it back to normal equilibrium takes
time. However, if the patient receives treatment at the start of the disease, its prompt effect will astonish
the patient. Moreover, some so-called incurable diseases by modern medicine where only steroids are the most
suitable choice to keep the immune system suppressed to get relief will take a little bit more time to respond
to Acupuncture treatment.
It's important to be patient and consistent with the treatment, as the benefits of acupuncture may not be
immediately apparent. The number of treatments needed can vary depending on the condition being treated, the
individual's overall health, and other factors.
What does Acupuncture treat ?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide
range of conditions. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by restoring the balance of
energy (also called qi or chi) in the body. When this flow is disrupted, it can lead to various physical and
emotional symptoms, including pain, illness, and dysfunction.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
Pain: Acupuncture is used to relieve pain in various conditions such as
headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. It also can be used to relieve
pain during labor and post-operative pain.
Neurological disorders: Acupuncture is used to relieve symptoms of
conditions such as stroke, Bell's palsy, and Parkinson's disease, and also it is used to treat chronic
fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, and numbness in the limbs. Acupuncture can help with headache, tension,
migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Sciatica, Disc problems, Peripheral neuropathies, Neurogenic bladder, Stroke.
Respiratory disorders: Acupuncture is used to relieve symptoms of
conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis, and also it is used to treat allergies, common cold and
flu, allergic rhinitis and bronchitis.
Digestive disorders: Acupuncture is used to relieve symptoms of conditions
such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and diarrhea, and also it is used to treat acid reflux,
gastritis, and ulcers.
Gynecological disorders: Acupuncture is used to relieve symptoms of
conditions such as infertility, irregular periods, and menopause, and also it is used to treat PMS, PCOS,
endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, and leucorrhea.
Emotional and psychological conditions: Acupuncture is used to relieve
symptoms of conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, somatization disorder, hypersomnia, and
Cardiovascular: Acupuncture can help with hypertension, coronary artery
disease, anemia and angina.
Gastro-intestinal: Acupuncture can help with esophageal spasms, GERD,
hyperacidity, gastric and peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diarrhea and constipation.
Skin Diseases: Acupuncture can help with itching, psoriasis, leucoderma
and falling of hair.
Musculo-Skeletal: Acupuncture can help with pain, swelling, stiffness and
weakness in neck, shoulder, arms, hands, fingers, back, knees, and feet, localized traumatic injuries,
sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures and all forms of arthritis.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Enhances immunity Reduces chronic pain Improves digestion Alleviates stress Enhances athletic performance
Increases circulation Reduces fatigue Improves sleep quality Regulates hormones Relieves headaches Reduces
inflammation Enhances fertility Minimizes side effects of chemotherapy Decreases depression Relieves muscle
tension Stimulates endorphin production Improves overall health Stimulates nerve function Improves memory
Improves concentration Reduces anxiety
Reduces allergy symptoms Helps with addiction recovery Regulates blood pressure
Improves blood sugar balance Aids in weight loss Enhances the body’s natural healing process Improves
digestion and elimination Restores balance Relieves post-surgical pain Improves joint mobility
Strengthens the immune system Improves respiratory conditions Alleviates menstrual cramps Reduces the
frequency and intensity of Eases symptoms of menopause
Relieves neck and back pain Reduces nausea
Enhances cellular communication Enhances the body’s natural healing process Promotes relaxation Enhances
Reduces muscle spasms Improves the quality of life Increases range of motion
Improves overall sense of wellbeing Improves skin conditions Enhances circulation of lymphatic fluid
Helps reduce cravings Increases energy levels