Acupuncture is a healing practice that originated in China and dates back as early as 6,000 BCE. The medical theory of acupuncture centers on the concept of Qi energy which flows through our body’s pathways known as meridians. These meridians are connected with our organs and the imbalance of this energy causes diseases, illnesses, and infections in our body.
In an attempt to unblock and balance the flow of energy, acupuncturists insert very thin needles into specific points in the skin tissue. These points are called acupoints, we have about 350-400 of them. Medical acupuncture is often used for pain relief and other health issues.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that being healthy is the result of a harmonious balance of “yin” and “yang” and the Illness is the consequence of its imbalance.
When Qi is blocked, it causes painful sensations or loss of function in various body parts. Acupuncturists remove blockages to increase blood circulation, which restores a healthy balance to your body.
In the 1970s, scientists identified chemicals called endorphins which can relieve pain and produce pleasure. Research suggests that inserting needles into specific acupoints can produce endorphins and elevate our pain which will trigger our body’s natural healing process and help combat diseases and illnesses. Neuroscience explains that acupoints are places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow while triggering the body’s natural painkillers.
In 2003, the World Health Organization listed conditions in which acupuncture has been proven effective.
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Chemotherapy (nausea and vomiting)
• Dental pain
• Facial pain
• Help with substance dependence (tobacco and alcohol)
• High and low blood pressure
• Inducing labor
• Morning sickness
• Reducing the risk of stroke
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Some gastric conditions (peptic ulcer)
• Spine pain
• Stiff neck
• Tennis elbow
• Tourette syndrome
WHO also suggest that acupuncture can help treat infections.
Acupuncture is also known to be beneficial for issues such as:
• Headache and migraine
• Knee pain
• Lower back pain
• Neck pain
• Whooping cough