Would you stick needles in your face to get perfect skin or remove migraine? Acupuncture – Alternative holistic healing is a mind and body practice as old as 100 years, which has always been around but widely used or prominent today. With strips of headache tablets locked in our bags or desks at work, the science of healing without medicine is still sluggish in its pace but has a larger audience. Alternative healing practice Acupuncture has helped many achieve a stable, physical and mental being, which may not be possible with the use of heavy machines or medicines.
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body. This is primarily done by inserting thin needles through skin. Although needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. Acupuncture reduces chronic pain throughout the body naturally, without medications that can cause unwanted side effects, with lasting relief. Acupuncture is considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles.
Why’s Of Acupuncture
Acupuncture points, acupoints are precise positions on the body that are the focus of acupuncture treatments, it is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force and that energy can be reached by stimulating tiny channels on the body. Acupuncture points are located where nerves enter a muscle, the midpoint of a muscle, or at a point where muscle joins with bone. There are 14 major energy-channel meridians on the body, with hundreds of points located along each meridian where acupuncture needles are inserted, including 360 different points on the hands, arms, feet, head, back besides over the major organs. By inserting needles lightly into certain points, the chi flow can be tapped into and the patient’s energy is re-balanced besides the body’s system is stimulated by the needle prick itself and triggers the body to begin the healing process and discharge endorphins which prevent pain.
The How’s Of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is done by hand, wherein the proficient practitioner carefully inserts about 10 to 20 thin needles into precise points in the body very superficially into the skin. And the needles are tiny enough to fit inside of a normal-sized needle that would be used to take blood, making the process almost painless for people. The acupuncturist would check for pulses on the body by gently placing their fingers or hand on the patient’s body to feel how the patient’s energy is flowing. A word of caution, there might be redness around the needle site, and this is a sign that energy is not balanced in the area. The needles stay in for a short time while the patent’s energy is altering and balancing itself. After the needles are removed, the patient can lead a normal life and is advised to drink alot of water to aid the detoxifying process.
Also in vogue are types of acupuncture that use light electrical stimulations flowing through the needles, or no needles at all with massage techniques to stimulate energy in the body by pressing on certain points.
Acupuncture facelift, acupuncture for Migraine, anxiety or depression, hot flashes or arthritis are very common. Acupuncture Expert, Dr.Jasmine Modi says,’ As an acupuncturist serving the ailing humankind in the most compassionate and non-invasive manner. The choice of alternative healing was the most obvious considering all other methods have reached their saturation in bringing true and lasting relief to patients. Acupuncture as most of us know is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites known as acupuncture points.
These acupuncture points are stimulated by insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Acu-pressure, electrical stimulation, moxibustion, cupping, massage etc. may further enhance the effects. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on ancient philosophy that described the universe and the body in terms of two opposing forces namely yin and yang. These forces manifest themselves in the form of five energies namely WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL and WATER. Energies flow in the body along specific pathways called meridians. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. This perpetual and healthy flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However if the flow of energy gets blocked or imbalanced, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function or illness. The process of curing the imbalance is a multi-step process no different yet more thorough than a visit to the doctor. First visit at Acupuncture center involves detailed history taking, every minute detail of the patient observed – like scars, skin discoloration, voice tonality, gait an d attitude in carrying the body, emotional response, skin and hair texture. Tongue diagnosis, Pulse diagnosis etc. also help to come to the right conclusions.
All of the above gives information about energy flow through the body. This information gives the Acupuncturist an insight into the energy constitution and imbalances of the patient. According to the gathered information treatment protocol is decided. According to accomplished teachers – An ideal treatment plan should constitute minimal needles maximum cure. After the correct diagnosis follows the treatment stage. Here, needles are inserted at various acupuncture points. Many a times, along-with needles moxibustion or electrical stimulation is given. Needles are to be retained by the patient for 20 minutes. All this helps in achieving balanced energies thereby curing the ailment. Needles are never reused for optimum patient care. There are many diseases that can be treated successfully by Acupuncture. The most common ailments currently being treated are: Infertility, lower backache, Cervical Spondylitis Arthritic Conditions, Headaches , Reactions; Acupuncture is successfully used in treating anxiety disorders and depression. Likewise, very high success rates have been found in treating addictions to alcohol, Smoking, tobacco etc.’