Acupuncture: A Traditional Medical Practice
Acupuncture is a harmonising medical practice which involves stimulating specific parts of the body, using a needle that penetrates the skin. This practice is used to treat a number of health conditions or simply to ease pain. This technique was developed a millennia ago in China, various studies that are conducted by the scientists in the United States and Europe have found that the technique of acupuncture is effective in treating nausea and pain. Many researchers are also conducting studies to determine that the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating anxiety, depression, and symptoms of cancer. Most doctors who don’t follow the traditional Chinese medicine practices are not convinced that acupuncture can treat diseases related to kidney or liver, as it is prescribed by some practitioners in China.
The acupuncturist inserts the needles into the body of a person with the aim to balance the energy.
How it Works
Chinese traditional medical practices explain the results of acupuncture as a harmonious balance of extremes “yang” and “yin” of the life force which is known as “qi.” This illness is caused by the imbalance of the forces. These energies and meridians flows are accessible through more than 300 acupuncture points in the human body. Inserting the needles into these points with suitable combinations which can bring the flow of energy back to the proper balance. There is no scientific proof that acupuncture points exist but many studies suggest that this practice is effective for some conditions. Some of the experts have used the science behind the nervous system to explain acupuncture. The points of the acupuncture covered those areas where muscles, nerves, and connective tissues can be motivated. This motivation will increase the flow of blood, while at the same time triggering the activity of the natural painkillers of the body.
Because of the invasive nature of acupuncture, it is difficult to set up the investigation using the scientific control. Some of the studies have claimed that acupuncture provides the same benefits as placebo which is a clinical practice, but others have claimed that there are many benefits of acupuncture.
The Uses of Acupuncture
One of the research that is carried out by a German researcher shows that acupuncture helps in relieving headaches, tension, and migraines. The study also found out that it also helps in relieving:
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain.
- Knee pain
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed a range of conditions in which acupuncture proves to be effective. These conditions include:
- Chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea.
- Low and high blood pressure.
- Very painful periods.
- Peptic ulcer and gastric conditions.
- Facial pain
- Dental Pain.
- Morning sickness and much more.
The WHO also concluded that acupuncture is also beneficial in treating various infections such as epidemic hemorrhagic fever and urinary tract infection.
Sometimes in the procedure of acupuncture, the needles are stimulated or heated with electricity after the insertion. These needles will stay in place for 3 to 30 minutes depending on the nature of the problem.