Acupuncture is more than using needles to treat pain, as we often think in the West. It is a fully balanced health protocol with the intention to balance all yin and yang energy flows in the body. Since its appearance in China more than 2500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent and treat disease, but also to improve general health. Very fine needles are placed at specific points where the energy- or chi flow can be influenced. Sometimes, an acupuncturist will also use additional heat (see moxibustion) or electrical stimulation (see electro acupuncture).
How does acupuncture work?
Clinical studies have proven that they fully document the effects of acupuncture but they have been unable to fully explain them. Modern biochemical research has demonstrated that acupucuture points are electrically and anatomically different from the other body zones. They are organized according to a system of meridians, or lines on the body. By stimulating these specific points through acupuncture , one activates the nervous system to produce biochemical substances, such as endorphins and immune cells in specific parts of the body. Moreover, studies have shown that acupuncture influences the brain’s biochemistry by producing neurotransmitters and neurohormones. The parts of our central nervous system responsible for stimulaton of the senses and involuntary body functions react on this by adapting for example the blood pressure, blood circulation and body temperature.
Which symptoms acupuncture can treat?
Acupuncture aims to not only treat a single symptom, but the person as a whole. Its an holistic approach that wishes to restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the individual. That’s why acupuncture is most useful as a preventive medicine.
However, acupuncture could just as well be used to cure physiological conditions, as it affects our hormonal system, immune system and central nervous system. That’s why acupuncture can treat a very broad range of health complaints, such as digestion problems, gynecological complaints, conditions of the movement system, allergies and migraines, to name a few. Acupuncture can also improve dealing with stress and psychological complaints such as anxiety attacks or depression.
Chronic pain, such as neck pain, “frozen shoulder”, stomach pain or cramps and knee joint pain are often treated here in the West with anti-inflammatory drugs and cold packs, but the effect is not noticeable and often only temporary. Anti-inflammatory drugs have negative side effects for the stomach and cold packs can cause dermatitis. This is a weakness of Western medicine. Acupuncture is therefore to be preferred for these kind of conditions.
This is effective for symptoms, such as high blood pressure, insomnia, stress, burn-out, diarrhoea, stomach complaints and the consequences of brain infarcts.
Acupuncture helps to activate the immune system and to produce anti-stress hormones, such as oxytocin. It is also often used for support for palliative care for cancer patients to ease the pain and to treat nausea.
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