Acupuncture is a physiotherapy technique that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves addressing various physical illnesses by releasing specific "pressure points" of the body using very thin needles applied through the skin to different depths, thereby alleviating the associated stress, chronic pains and related conditions.
These pressure points that have been identified are usually dense with nerve endings. Stimulating these pressure points triggers the nerves to release endorphins, stimulating muscles, tissues and organs linked to them. Different physical illnesses and conditions are associated with varying points of pressure to heal in Acupuncture.
This process helps to clear any blocks in the flow of energy, restoring the natural activeness and balance. The needles are gently applied to a sufficient depth that's enough to stimulate the nerves.
There is an interesting philosophy behind how the Chinese discovered this technique! The Chinese believed that our body is driven by a seamless flow of invisible 'qi' (pronounced chee) which is responsible for creating health and well-being. Any restriction caused to or non-flow of 'qi' is why any disease or illness happens.
Acupuncture seeks to release such blockages and facilitate the free flow of 'qi'. The Chinese discovered Acupuncture to interfere with the 'qi' and restore its flow to eliminate the illness. That's why it's been in practice for around 2500 years.
An enormous amount of scientific and medical research today identifies Acupuncture as a potential method to relieve many chronic conditions
An acupuncturist will first enquire you about your health history. About your lifestyle, medications, sleep, diet and other relevant information. After a thorough examination of your present appearance, specific parameters such as pulse, tongue etc., the Acupuncturist will set out an appropriate method to apply.
The practice isn't the same for all. Instead, it's applied to the individuals symptoms and needs.
Acupuncture uses sharp, sterile and single-use needles to apply on the body. Depending on the illness, various physical points on the body are identified by practitioners to perforate them with needles as required.
The needles are kept for about 10-20 minutes and the entire session lasts for approximately 30 mins. Some people might feel some slight discomfort. But everyone feels a significant benefit to their lifestyle after going through a complete Acupuncture treatment.
It's used to treat several illnesses presently, backed up by current research and could be used in the following cases:
Acupuncture is known to be an effective method in the above cases. As the results appear promising, more research is being done to use it in many other conditions.
People who went through Acupuncture would immediately see results and experience a new surge of energy and rejuvenation in them. Some may experience a calmness entering their lives.
On a positive note, those who have undergone Acupuncture might see changes in their food habits, sleep habits, bowel habits and activity levels.
The best way to find an Acupuncturist is through referrals from reliable resources. Every Acupuncturist has a different approach. So go forward to ask as many questions and doubts as you feel the need for because it's essential that one feels comfortable with their respective Acupuncturist. A good Acupuncturist is certified by Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist (AACP).
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