The practice of Acupuncture originated in China about 2,000 years ago. Some authorities claim the practice started 4,000 years ago. The people of China believe that acupuncture first came into existence during the Stone Age, where sharp edged tools were used on inflammation affected areas on human body, to puncture and drain abscesses. This technique of puncturing and treating abscess was done by a character ‘Bi’ who was termed to be a curer of disease of pain.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a kind of Chinese medicine that works on the theory of energy flow called chi or chee. There is a specific flow of energy and blood through five most important organs of the body, called ‘zang organs’. This energy flows through and around the body along specific pathways called meridians. It is along these meridians that discrete acupoints are found. There are a total of 361 acupoints on each side of the body and an additional point on the midline. Acupoints can relieve problems local or distant to the point itself. Of all the body parts ear has the most number of acupoints.
Acupuncturists believe that in a healthy body, the flow of energy called chi is balanced, and when something unbalances or blocks chi, illness occurs. Acupuncture helps to rectify the illness by influencing and unblocking the chi and the flow of energy gets back into the original healthy balanced state. This technique is performed by inserting finely thin needles on acupoints. This technique of inserting needles stimulates energy flow, and the common method used to stimulate energy along with needles is through mild electric current, heat or pressure.
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The thought of getting an acupuncture treatment where needles are inserted in different parts of the body might seem daunting in the beginning. When the needle enters the body, you will feel small amount of pressure, and many people have said the procedure does not hurt. You will experience numbness on the area where needles are placed, and medical experts believe the sign of numbness is an indication that flow of energy or chi has come in contact with the surface and the energy flow is turned on using electric current or heat on needle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]What to expect when you go for an acupuncture treatment?
Your practitioner will be able to locate the position of acupoints. Your provider will look for landmarks on your body-using certain muscles or bones, for example-to find the points so that he or she can place the needles. After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. He or she will probably place several needles. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi. Every provider is different, but in most cases treatment lasts for 15 minutes to an hour. You may have several visits to complete your treatment. Some people have ongoing visits.
Acupuncture can be explained with these simple analogies:
The rubber band analogy–What happens if you place a rubber band tightly around your finger? We see that within few seconds the fingers start turning reddish/purple. This color change is a problem. Exercising or eating right will not resolve this problem. Removing the blockage is the only way to get back to normalcy. In a similar way acupuncture works by removing energy blockages from the meridians. Your body suffers from illnesses or diseases only when this energy flow is disrupted.
The river analogy– Rivers are a key source of life on earth. Just as a river travels through the earth, irrigating and replenishing the soil, meridians act as rivers bringing energy to the body, irrigating the tissues. Just as a dam in a river causes blockage of water flow limiting its supply, any physical trauma or stress causes blockage of energies in the meridians depleting the body, its organs and cells of nourishment. This leads to signs and symptoms of various diseases. With acupuncture one can trace the meridians that are blocked and use the treatment to release these energies. This flow of energy encourages the body to enter into a natural healing process that helps to improve body functioning to cure many diseases.
Benefits of acupuncture:
World Health Organization has approved the incorporation of acupuncture to treat a large number of medical problems such as:
- Urinary, menstrual and reproductive diseases,
- It is used to treat neurological and muscular disorders such as facial tics, neck pain, headaches, tennis elbow, and frozen shoulder.
- It is used to treat respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, recurrent chest infections, asthma, sore throat and sinusitis.
- Digestive disorders like spastic colon, hyperacidity, gastritis, diarrhea and constipation.
Popularity of acupuncture in India:
Acupuncture is a widely used technique. In the year 2007, about 3.1 million people used acupuncture for treating discomfort caused by low back pain, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting and fibromyalgia as stated by National Centre for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Acupuncture therapy got introduced in India in the year 1959. The Government of India , Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recognized acupuncture as a ‘mode of therapy’ to be practiced by a qualified medical practitioner of any of the five systems of medicine (Allopathy, Homeopathy, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani and Ayurveda) to which Dentistry has been included in 2014. The West Bengal Government has also given legal recognition to the therapy through The West Bengal Acupuncture System of Therapy Act, 1996.
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