Acupuncture is a traditional treatment which dates back to well over 2000 years, making it one of the oldest types of treatment in the world. After its introduction to the western society, it has become increasingly popular due to its effective and natural means of treatment. The holistic approach of Acupuncture takes into consideration the functions of the body as a whole and focuses on both prevention and treatment of the illness.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by inserting very fine, sterile needles into specific regions called acupuncture points, along the body's meridians to clear blockages and encourage the natural flow of Qi throughout the patient. Other methods like moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage also encourage the Qi flow to return back to normal. Due to the fineness of the needle, there is almost no pain when the entering the body.
As a natural form of treatment, it has many benefits including:
- Drug-free pain relief.
- Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
- Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms.
- Provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions.
- Assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.
The following documentary produced by BBC discusses the science behind Acupuncture and its effectiveness as a natural treatment option.
Along with its extensive history, it has also been recognized by the World Health Organisation (December 1979) to successfully treat many disorders including:
Neurological Conditions - headaches, migraines, stroke, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, and Meniere's disease.
(Other treatable conditions include: difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, some forms of deafness, noises in the ears and dizziness)
Cardiovascular Disorders - such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
Respiratory conditions - such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, sore throat and the common cold. (Other treatable conditions include: hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis and Influenza)
Digestive system disorders - such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, and weight control. (Other treatable conditions include: mouth ulcers, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, haemorrhoids and liver and gall bladder disorders)
Urogenital disorders - such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
Gynaecological and obstetric disorders - such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
Skin conditions - such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
Eye conditions - such as conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis. (Other treatable conditions include: visual disorders, red, sore and itchy or watery eyes)
Musculoskeletal disorders - such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, low back pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, 'frozen shoulder', and 'tennis elbow'. (Other treatable conditions include: lumbago, weak back, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis and shoulder and neck pain)
Sporting injuries - such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
Psychological conditions - such as depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
* Information provided by the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association LTD.
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