The word “Acupuncture” has been derived from two Latin words “acus” and “punctura”. “Acus” means ‘needle’ and “punctura” means ‘to penetrate’. The word “acupuncture” therefore means, “to penetrate with a needle. Acupuncture is an ancient traditional healing method, originated in China for about 2500 years ago and today, practiced all over the world. It is believed that there is a constant flow of energy — known as qi or chi (chee) — through human body. Qi consists of Yin and Yang, two opposite, but reciprocal forces need to be in balance in the body. Disruption of this flow is believed to cause diseases. Acupuncture is used to control this disruption. Thin needles are inserted in skin at specific points on body, correcting the imbalance of energy. Taoists being pioneers of the belief in spirit-body-mind consciousness, acupuncture has a close association with Taoism.
When is acupuncture helpful?
Acupuncture is not about suppressing the symptoms. It is a holistic method about eradicating the factors affecting the problems from its roots. Therefore, after initial treatment, the patients feel fresh and rejuvenated. Many use this treatment as preventive measure. It is widely used in many common illnesses as stated below.
Muscular and joint problems.
- Tennis elbow; frozen shoulder; other joint injuries
- Carper tunnel syndrome
- Back ache, lumbago
- Arthritis, rheumatism
- General aches and pains
Headache, migraine and nervous conditions
- Migraine and headache
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Facial paralysis
- Dizziness, tinnitus
Menstrual, or period, problems
- Painful periods
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Erratic period cycle, excessively heavy periods
- Menopausal syndrome
- Impotence, infertility
Respiration and other lung-related conditions
- Asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath
- Hay fever
- Persistent cough, bronchitis
- Pleurisy, emphysema
- Frequent clods and flu
- Sinusitis, laryngitis
Stress-related, mental and emotional
- Depression, anxiety, panic attacks
- Fearfulness, palpitations
- Poor concentration and memory
- General feeling of stress
- High-blood pressure
Digestive problems, and low energy
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); abdominal pain
- Heart burn, nausea, acid reflux
- Constipation; loose stools
- Food intolerances
- Bloating or tiredness after eating
- High cholesterol level
- Excessive gas
- Low energy levels
- Chronic fatigue syndrome or post-viral syndrome
- Quit smoking
- Cystitis, frequent urination
- Difficult urination, incontinence
- Skin problems
How is acupuncture treatment done?
A needle, with conical shaped tip, specially designed for acupuncture treatments, slightly thicker than a human hair is inserted into the human body. The depth of insertion of the needle depends upon the acupuncture point to be treated. Usually, it ranges from one millimeter to about ten centimeters. Length of the treatment process depends upon the seriousness of the illness. About ten to twenty needles required for each treatment, but at times only one needle will be enough.
Is it painful?
The very concept of insertion of needles raises eyebrows. But people who have undergone the acupuncture treatment say that it is virtually painless. Patient may feel light tingling or numbness around the area of insertion. Once, the needles are removed, the sensations subsides.