The most important goal of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and relieve pain and suffering. The method by which this is achieved, although it may seem strange and mysterious to many. It has been the test of time for thousands of years and is still valid today.
The perspective of an acupuncturist is based on the concepts of health and disease within the concepts of “vital energy”, “energy balance” and “energy imbalance”.
Just as the doctor of Western medicine monitors the blood that flows through the blood vessels and the messages that travel through the nervous system. The acupuncturist evaluates the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within their pathways. Known as “meridians and channels.”
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is able to influence health and disease by stimulating certain areas along the “meridians.” Traditionally these areas or “acupuncture points” were stimulated by thin thin needles.
Today, many other forms of stimulation are incorporated. Including herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers. However, the goal remains the same: adjust the “vital energy” to the right amount to the right place at the right time. This helps the body heal itself.
Oriental Medicine includes physiotherapy, phytotherapy, dietary and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong). And it is a complete medical system in itself and that is not another branch of modern western medicine. Acupuncture developed from the principles and philosophies unique to Oriental thought and Oriental Medicine, and is applied more effectively when done in accordance with those principles.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), acupuncture is effective in treating 28 conditions. While the evidence indicates that it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more.
People with headaches and / or migraines may find that acupuncture is very effective in relieving symptoms. According to a study conducted at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Another study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that acupuncture treatments twice a week relieve the debilitating symptoms of xerostomia – severe dry mouth – among patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer.
How is acupuncture treatment performed?
Acupuncture generally involves several weekly or biweekly treatments. Most of them are made up of 12 sessions.
A visit to an acupuncturist will involve an examination and evaluation of the patient’s condition, needle insertion, and advice on self-care. Most sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
The patient will be asked to lie down, either face up, face down or on his side, depending on where the needles are inserted. The acupuncturist should use a single use of disposable sterile needles. As each needle is inserted, the patient should feel them, but initially without pain.
However, when the needle reaches the proper depth there should be a feeling of deep pain. Sometimes the needles become hot or stimulated with electricity after insertion. Once inserted, the needles will remain there for about twenty minutes.