The Ancient Art of Acupuncture

An introduction to acupuncture

Alternative medicines and treatments have existed for centuries, while the West was delving deeper into pharmaceuticals.

Intro to the ancient art of acupuncture

The ancient art of acupuncture.

However, in our modern age, not only came more technology and advanced medicine and treatments but also an embracing for the natural, alternative health methods.

Therefore, while we embrace all things science and high tech improvements, we also stop to appreciate nature and the abundant benefits it has to offer for our health. Patients have tried acupuncture to increase energy, ease pain, and a variety of other ailments.

With an alternative take to health treatment in mind, in this post, we discuss all that acupuncture has to offer.

Historic overview

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices tracing some of its roots to China 100BC. Archaeological findings also uncovered gold and silver needles inside Lui Sheng’s (King of Zhongshan) tomb, suggesting that acupuncture was used on the king and possibly amongst the royal families of the Chinese Dynasties.

Western archaeological findings also uncovered the 5,000-year-old “Iceman” or Otzi as he is also known. Otzi had visible tattoos on sections of his abdomen, which suggests that acupuncture was used even amongst a more primitive generation.

What is acupuncture and why is it so effective?

Modern science and technology have gone a long way to improving the lives of many people. However, some people prefer the benefits of a natural or alternative solution to assist with health concerns.

Acupuncture uses needles, which are strategically placed into certain nerve points of the body. These nerve points can trigger the body’s natural flow of energy or “Qi” pronounced as “chee” as it is known in Chinese. When the body has maximum energy, it is able to heal and function better.

How does it work?

The acupuncture needles are made of surgical steel and are sterilized and safe to use. They are positioned along the meridian that forms the 12 main channels in which our body’s natural energy flows.

Introduction to Acupuncture meridians

Acupuncture meridians and pressure points.

In theory, the 12 channels are connected to our main organs and by accessing these key points, one can access the organs and direct the energy.

Acupuncture for pain is one of the most commonly treated amongst patients with large success. Acupuncture for neck pain and acupuncture for arthritis are effective because it targets these channels and while it works for headaches, it has also proved to work for various types of health-related concerns.

This alternative measure for pain management helps the body regulate hormones such as endorphins and helps to naturally reduce inflammation.

Acupressure points

Here are some of the pressure points used to treat certain health conditions:

  • Pool at the crook (Li11) – treats pain in the shoulder, elbow, and arm. It can also help with digestion
  • Adjoining valley (Li4) – reduces headaches, relaxes tension in muscles, improves bowel movement
  • Sea of blood (Sp10) – cleanses the blood and skin
  • Three mile foot (St36) – increases energy for another 3 miles
  • Abundant splendour (St40) – helps clear sinuses and clears mucus build up
  • Three Yin meeting (Sp6) – increases energy in the spleen, kidneys, liver as well as to treat menstrual pain
  • Supreme stream (Kd3) – aids nourishment to the kidneys
  • Wind pool (Gb20) – reduces migraines, stiffness and colds
  • Associated point of kidney (B23) – regulates the water flow in the body and kidney health

Can acupuncture treat stress?

Stress plagues many people across the world and is triggered by various factors including but not limited to work, family, financial and even health factors. It often puts a strain on the body because it causes the body’s hormones to fluctuate causing symptoms like headaches, depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness amongst others.

So, while there are many pharmaceutical drugs available to help stressed patients sleep better and cope more efficiently, there is also acupuncture for stress.

Many people find that acupuncture helps the body to restore balance, which in turn lowers stress levels.

Can it lower blood pressure?

High blood pressure is caused by factors such as heart disease, excessive smoking, excessive alcohol, obesity, and chronic stress, to name a few. When the blood pressure is too high it can become fatal.

There are medications a patient can use to lower their blood pressure, but acupuncture can assist and has helped other patients in successfully regulating their blood pressure. While it isn’t an overnight process, or by no means a replacement for chronic medication, sometimes treatment is ongoing or periodical.

Treatments will gradually regulate blood pressure and improve the patient’s health.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Several clinical studies have shown acupuncture to be beneficial in treating a variety of health conditions including but not limited to:

  • Morning sickness
  • Acupuncture for knee pain
  • Acupuncture for diabetes
  • Low back pain
  • Renal colic
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Hay fever
  • Acupressure for asthma
  • Acupressure for acid reflux

Finding a good acupuncturist

An acupuncturist or chiropractor who specialises in acupuncture is not only skilled but also qualified to perform treatments. This means that if you found a reputable acupuncturist, you’re going to be dealing with someone who will be able to answer all your questions and walk you through the process. Qualified acupuncturists are licensed to practice.

introduction to acupuncture on scalp

Acupuncture is not as painful as one might think.

One of the first things to consider is getting recommendations for the acupuncturist. Their reputation should speak for itself. You can also do your homework online and research the professional you intend to see. They should have a good website and positive patient reviews.

Some acupressure specialists offer to work in the comfort of the patient’s home, if not, they will have a comfortable practice in which to commence with the sessions.

Not all health insurances or medical aids cover for acupunctural or alternative healthcare, so it’s important to check beforehand.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has evolved over several years, proving to be a safe and natural way to help people manage their health without OTC and surgical measures. Administering treatment without harm to the patient is what skilled acupuncturists do.

The risks are very low and may only come into play as a result of specific aspects. Patients with a bleeding disorder my bruise and bleed more because of the needles puncturing the skin.

When the acupuncture treatment includes electric pulses, this may not be suitable for patients who have a pacemaker.

Always disclose to your acupuncturist (or any medical or alternative health practitioner) any pre-existing health issues or chronic conditions, medications, what supplements you are taking, whether you have any allergies, are pregnant or anything else that might be medically relevant.

Treatment

Before the initial treatment takes place, the acupuncturists will first examine the patient based on an array of aspects. Once the examinations are complete, they will determine what type of treatment is necessary for the conditions.

The procedure includes inserting the needles into sections of the body and sometimes minor needle manipulation may occur. Once the needles are put in place, it is then left in place for a certain time and then later removed and discarded.

Final thoughts

Going an alternative route is completely up to you. However, alternative therapies are generally considered to be safe.

If you are comfortable with trying acupuncture, see if it assists you with some of your concerns. Most people explore alternative therapies to combat headaches, pains, strains, sinus and even weight issues.

What is acupuncture and how can it improve your health?

Some people opt for a natural solution because of the many side effects and long-term negative aspects associated with prescription medication.

Even if you didn’t go to treat a specific ailment, regular acupuncture can help you maintain positive energy flow.

Leading a busy lifestyle means that you may not have the time to meditate, breathe or practice yoga.

By visiting your acupuncture specialists, you can restore your energy and enjoy a balanced life from the inside out.

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