Acupuncture and several other Oriental disciplines such as shiatsu and acupressure, are based upon the traditional Chinese theory that pain an illness are the result of an excess or deficiency in energy, ‘chi’ or ‘qi’, in the effected area of the body.
The body’s energy flows through a network of channels or ‘meridians’ that are siad to lie just below the body’s surface. These meridians connect specific organs and systems, and have a wider sphere of influence in the body. Acupuncturists focus on special points of the meridians to correct the imbalances in the energy flow and thus relieve pain and illness.
In China acupuncture is often used as an anaesthetic during surgical operations, providing complete pain relief whilst the patient remains awake. It is becoming a widely popular method of pain relief during labor as it has no effect upon the baby and allows the mother to remain alert throughout the birth.
The principal tools of acupuncture are very fine stainless steel or silver alloy needles. These needles are inserted into the skin at the specific acupuncture points. This is a painless procedure with only a slight tingling sensation when the needle reaches the chosen point. The needles may be inserted in a variety of ways from vertically to almost horizontally. The acupuncturist may rotate or manipulate the needles to provide added stimulation to the point. Sometimes a mild electrical current can be sent through the needle to achieve the same effect.
The acupuncturist may also burn a small cone of a dried herb, usually mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) or moxa (Artemisia japnica), over the point, or hold the glowing end of a moxa stick close to the point. Or a peice of moxa may be placed on the head of a needle an set alight. The smoldering moxa imparts a gentle heat down the shaft of the needle into the energy channel.
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is seen as being effective at easing chronic pain and also for alleviating stress-related conditions. It is particularly suited to the treatment of :
- Arthritic joints
- Stiff muscles
- Digestive disorders
Pain relief through acupuncture can be almost instantaneous with many other patients reporting relief after a number of treatment sessions.
Acupuncture is a generally safe practise and should only ever be carried out by an appropriately trained practitioner using clean needle technique and single-use needles.
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