Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Tradition of Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is a Chinese treatment method which was started many centuries earlier and can be traced back through history over three thousands years. Acupuncture is a form of medicine that happens to involve the insertions of little needles. It can be found in areas of Asia, Japan, and Korea. Recently this treatment is recognized as legitimate forms of medication in the western world and especially in the United States. Now more doctors are recommending acupuncture to help with certain pains and issues, along with modern medicine. 

Watch this video by worldacupuncture about acupuncture below:

Acupuncture Points

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which gi vital energy runs. Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yan of the life force known as gi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations,the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance.

History of Acupuncture

Major reception of acupuncture treatment into society was first found during the Huang Di (The Yellow Emperor) Dynasty. Great development in the acupuncture field was also seen in the 7th century AD, with the Sui and Tang Dynasties. It was at this time that acupuncture charts and texts were introduced to the teachings as a form of medicine. The techniques were slowly refined, during the Ming Dynasty, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The tradition of acupuncture becomes a part of western medicine from 1950. The doctors used it along with modern medicine. Between the 1950s and 1960s the practice was highly researched throughout the world. Like every other treatments, acupuncture also have benefits and risks.  Below are the benefits of acupuncture:
  • It is helpful for patients who do not respond to ordinary pain medications
  • It is safe when performed correctly
  • It is a very effective combination treatment
  • It is effective in controlling some types of pain
The risks of acupuncture are:
  • There may be bleeding, bruising and soreness at the insertion sites
  • It is dangerous if the patient has a bleeding disorder
  • It the dangerous if the patient is taking blood thinners

According to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicates it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more. People with tension headaches and/or migraines may find acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms.

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