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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an important means of Chinese Medicine with a long history over 5,000 years. It is also one of the best known of the alternative therapies. 

Ancient Chinese believed that living beings have a vital energy, called “qi”. Qi mainly circulates through invisible energy lines known as “meridians”. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system, like a network linking up the whole body. When qi flows smoothly, we are in good health. An imbalance in the flow of qi is how disease begins. 

                                         

Inserting needles into acupoints can adjust the qi flow and helps one to restore inner balance.

“WHO” has recognized acupuncture in Health For All and drew up a list of disease that acupuncture can treat.

How Acupuncture Works 

Modern researches indicate that acupuncture stimulates the secretion of pain-relieving substance known as “endorphins”. It is also believed that acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system,  stimulates circulation and the electrical currents of the body.

 

Diseases Treated By Acupuncture

Here are some of them:

-Various Pain Management:

• Acute sprain

• Chronic Pain, such as

• Tennis Elbow

• Frozen

• Arthritis

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Sciatica

• Back pain

 

- Allergies, such as

• Allergic rhinitis

• Eczema

 

-Digestive diseases, such as:

• Constipation

• Diarrhea

• Stomach pain

 

-Psychiatric symptoms, such as:

• Anxiety

  • Depression

 

-Nervous system diseases, such as:

• Stroke

• Trigeminal Neuralgia

• Meniere’s disease

• Migraine and tension headaches

 

-Gynecological diseases, such as:

• Infertility

• menstrual cramps

• Fibromyalgia

• pregnancy-related illness

• menopausal symptoms

 

-Other effects, such as:

• Weight loss

• Anti-Aging

• Addiction Recovery

 

What a Typical Acupuncture Treatment is Like

During the interview, you should complete a health history questionnaire and may go through some simple physical examinations. The physician would examine your tongue colour and coating, and feel the pulse to assess your physical health conditions.

After that, the physician gives a diagnosis and draws up treatment programs.

During acupuncture treatment, the physician will insert some needles into your body. You may feel a slight sting, but after that you may feel comfortable or relax.

In order to strengthen the therapeutic effect, the physician will turn around the needles, and you may experience slight pain, numbness, or discomfort.

The treatment usually lasts for about 20-30 minutes.

In order to enhance the treatment effect, the physician may use some other techniques during the treatment, such as massage,moxibustion, cupping, etc.

Usually, Chinese herbral medicine may be given to supplement acupuncture treatment.