Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has a history of about 5000 years and is an important alternative system of medicine across the world. Acupuncture has a wide range of applications. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture as an effective form of therapy for various diseases.
Acupuncture is the treatment of various diseases carried out by inserting very fine needles into the specific points of the body. Insertions take place on the surface of the body through the skin, which, theoretically, have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
The Chinese philosophy of health and healing postulates that it is the energy flow within every living being that makes life possible. This energy is known as Qi (Chi) energy. The channels of this energy run in regular patterns throughout the body through various meridians. Acupoints are located superficially along meridians that connect all our major organs internally.
Acupuncture theory believes that illness arises when the cyclical flow of “Chi” in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked. Acupuncture achieves its curative effect by clearing the obstruction in the flow of “Chi” and balancing the energy flow. Once the energy flow is restored to normal, the person becomes healthy.
According to this theory, inserting fine needles at these points stimulate various sensory receptors that in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killing hormones. Endorphins also play a major role in the functioning of the hormonal system, which influences the body’s own internal regulating systems, thereby stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities.
Through the ages, there is ample empirical proof that acupuncture can influence three areas of health care:
- Promotion of health and well being
- Prevention of illness
- Treatment of various medical conditions.
A few major medical conditions treatable in acupuncture are Asthma, Bronchitis, Common cold, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis, Allergies Tinnitus, Vertigo, Throat problem, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Indigestion, Irritable bowel syndrome, Acidity, Gastritis, PCOD, Dysmenorrhea, Irregular periods, Menopausal symptoms, Premenstrual symptoms, Arthritis, Back pain, Neck pain, muscle sprain, fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Headaches, Migraine, Incontinence of urine, Parkinson’s disease, Anxiety, depression, Insomnia, Nervousness &stress, Hypertension, Chronic fatigue, Hypo / Hyperthyroidism etc.