Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy which involves inserting thin needles through the first layer of epidermis. This old Chinese remedy has been used over years for preserving the energy throughout the body. The needles are usually inserted with the aim of balancing the prevailing energy.
A lot of Chinese folklore is about maintaining human energy which is claimed to release muscle tension, boost the overall well-being and may even cure certain diseases.
Usually people used to use it to relieve their pains such as headaches, point pains and blood pressure problems.
How Does Acupuncture Work
According to the ancient Chinese medicine theory, illnesses are caused due to the disorder in the body. Their belief regarding health is that it is due to the harmonious balance of two complimentary extremes which are ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. ’. The life force in this process is called ‘qi’. ‘Qi’ (pronounced as ‘chi’), has different orders, pathways within the human body.
These different pathways have various pressure points which are called acupuncture points. The energy flow is accessible through 350 pressure points in the human body.
Theory has it, that inserting the needles in the right proportion and combination can actually help restore the energy flow of the body.
There is no strong science based evidence to explain how acupuncture works. However some experts have used neuroscience to explain why acupuncture might work. Acupuncture me the point where nerves, tissue and muscles are joined and stimulated. The stimulation helps in healthy regulating of the blood flow which thrusts the body into stimulating the body’s natural painkillers.
Certain studies however have shed light on how acupuncture works on a patient as a placebo way of healing. In order to properly identify the healing effects of acupuncture, it is often hard to investigate based on the inversion nature of the therapy.
According to NCCIH here are few pains in which acupuncture has brought relief;
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscular pain
World Health Organization issued a number of health benefits of acupuncture in 2003 which includes
- Helping in regulation of high blood pressure
- Nauseas and vomiting because of chemotherapy
- Morning sickness
- Dental pain
- Joint pain
- Painful menstrual cycle
- Gastric conditions
- Facial pain
- Helps in reducing the risk of stroke
- Spin pain
- Stiff pain
- Stiff muscular pain
- Tourette syndrome
- Addiction to alcohol or substance
- Vascular dementia
Benefits of Acupuncture
There are numerous ways acupuncture can be beneficial.
- Performing acupuncture may require expert level training and education, as the needs if inserted at the wrong joint may cause more harm than healing. When performed correctly, the method is completely safe without any side effects.
- Inversion of needles can be safely combined with a number of other treatments. There are many complementary treatments which help better with the energy flow throughout the body.
- Simply using the acupuncture method can control a number of pains. It may also happen to be an instant pain reliever for very stiff or damaged muscles.
- Acupuncture therapy may help patients who have trouble relying on heavy medications and treatments.
How does acupuncture therapy work?
As soon as a patient approaches a well-trained acupuncturist, the patient would be taken in for thorough examination. Their condition will be accessed. After the acupuncturists have thoroughly studied the patient, thin sterile needles will be inserted within the epidermis one by one. While this therapy is happening, there can be other complimentary Chinese herbal therapy or self-care tips for the patient.
For the needles to be inserted, the patient will be asked to either lay down on their stomach or side, depending on where the needles need to be inserted. When the needles will be inserted there will be a tingling sensation all over the body. The patient might even experience a dull ache, however it will subside quickly. Acupuncture is usually painless.
Depending on the situation, needles can be heated or stimulated through electricity after the insertion. The needle can stay in place for anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes. Depending on the nature of the problem, an acute case patient may require 8 to 12 sessions of acupuncture therapy to properly heal and overcome the pain.
With each therapy risks are inevitable, acupuncture also comes with certain risks for example
- If the patient has a bleeding disorder, it may be dangerous to insert the needle inside the body.
- The area of insertion may feel sore for a little while. In some cases bleeding may happen as well
- If the needles are not sterilized enough, it can cause a lot of harm.
- Even though this is very rare, there are chances of needle breaking and damaging the organ inside.
- If the needle is inserted very deeply in the upper back and chest, it may damage the lung and result in a collapsed lung. However the chances for this are very narrow.
How do I Find One?
The concept of this ancient Chinese therapy is gaining popularity, however is not widely acknowledged or practiced as yet in Pakistan. Therefore it is important to consult with a specialist before getting under any kind of acclaimed needles. At Heathwire.pk we got experienced panel of specialists with whom you can book an appointment for free or opt for video consultation.