Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine which originated in China has documented treatment records dating back to more than 3000 years. The primary theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that good health is the result of the harmonious balance of the complementary extremes known as “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “Qi” pronounced as “chi”. Qi is said to flow through meridians in the human body. These energy flows and meridians are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. It is believed that a disruption to this flow is responsible for diseases. Acupuncture based treatment involves inserting needles into a person’s skin at specific points on the body to various depths. It is the key concept of Traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is not based on scientific facts. It is a pseudo-science.
Acupuncture is used to treat both acute and chronic condition. It can also be used in preventive me by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune system. Acupuncture can help to treat people of all ages from school going kids to old age problems.
Merits of acupuncture
• Improved quality of life
Acupuncture balances the body’s energy system which improves the physical and mental well-being of a person. Acupuncture not only helps to treat any physical ailments causing trouble but also cures mental stress and depression. It helps to relax the body by changing the thought process and helps the person to live a happy and healthy life. This, in turn, helps to live a balanced lifestyle.
• Pain reduction
Acupuncture helps to relieve pain from various parts of the body effectively. It helps to relieve pain caused by injuries or associated with degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture treatment helps to mitigate various types of pain such as back, joint, neck and dental pain. It can also help to treat a migraine and arthritis. Acupuncture helps to reduce nausea after patients undergo chemotherapy. Even though acupuncture is not a diagnostic procedure, it helps in coping with diseases.
• Stress reduction
Acupuncture helps to reduce stress. It is accomplished by balancing the body’s energy. While a little stress is actually good for people as it keeps them alert, but most people today face a lot of stress. The lifestyle change has a huge impact on the mental stress. Adults are stressed at the workplace while kids go through a lot of stress at school. It is important to relax the mind for a happy and healthy life.
• Emotional balance
Achieving emotional balance is considered to be a positive side effect of acupuncture treatment. When the mind and body are stress-free it creates a positive impact on the emotional well-being.
• Respiratory health
Acupuncture helps to effectively treat conditions like asthma, sinusitis thus increasing the respiratory health of the person. Allergies can also be controlled using acupuncture.
Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis are conditions that can be positively cured using acupuncture.
• Cosmetic acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture helps to make the skin look naturally younger, smoother, and healthier all around. It addresses not only the signs of aging but also to improve the skin’s overall health. Cosmetic acupuncture helps to treat acne, wrinkles. Reverse aging can also be achieved using cosmetic acupuncture.
• Insomnia relief
Insomnia and other sleep disorders are commonly addressed by acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proved to be an effective way to improve the quality of sleep.