Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of solid, generally thin needles in the body. Since its probable origins in Ancient China, acupuncture has been embedded in the concepts of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Its general theory is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by the flow of an energy-like entity called QUI Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances in the flow of qui by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin called acupuncture points, most of which are connected by channels known as meridians.

Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine where fine needles are inserted in the specific acupuncture points. These points are very specific about 352 points located in different parts of our body. The Chinese describe energy flow or qui through 12 meridians corresponding important organs such as liver, gall bladder etc.

History Of Acupuncture

Interesting history about acupuncture some script says Chinese doctors by observing the wounded soldiers in the battlefield come to the conclusions about acupuncture. The most famous Chinese physician is Boanyang, who was the personal physician to Chinese emperor. He had unique flying skills and travelled all the way to our Palani. He finally settled down at Palani we call this person as Bogar one of the greatest siddhars of Palani Our Indian Ayurveda system about 108 acupressure points and all the 108 points are there in Chinese acupuncture therefore knowledge of these points are known to our ancestors for thousands of years!

What are the Types Of Acupuncture?

Two types one is western and second is traditional called TCM (traditional Chinese meridian). The difference is western acupuncture is evidence based and lots of local points are used. The results are guaranteed where as TCM (traditional Chinese meridian) is based on pulse and tongue diagnosis, they also use lots of Chinese herbs. Advantage of acupuncture is that it promotes general health, relieves pain, treats infertility, and treats and prevents disease.

There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles. Acupuncture almost works in most of the common pain conditions like knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain etc.

Acupuncture can also be used for insomnia, depression and other psychological problems.

How Does Acupuncture Works?

Nobody Know Exactly!
Various theories are put forward and following are some of them.

  • Chinese call positive and negative energy called yin and yang and imbalance of these results in disease. When we do acupuncture it regulates these forces hence disease is cured.
  • Some old Indian acupuncture text books say there is a fine connection between these acupuncture points and the six chakras of the body. Any disease is due to imbalance of any flow from the chakras to the peripheral points. If there is a block in one connection just before the block too much energy (spasms, fever etc.), distal to that lack of energy (weakness, numbness, flaccidity) when we put the needle the energy flow is regulated hence the disease is cured.
  • In the modern labs scientist have measured a chemical called endorphin levels going up after acupuncture. These endorphins are the naturally occurring morphine there by relives pain. In our experience it also releases other good healing chemicals which results in natural healing.
Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACUPUNTURE AND ACUPRESSURE

Though the points are same for both the technique they are entirely different. Acupressure is probably Indian variant of acupuncture (Varma kalai) in siddha and Ayurveda. There is no needle insertion in acupressure and how much pressure one should use is also controversial. By and large acupuncture is superior scientifically validated practiced all over the western world

HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS ONE NEED AND HOW QUICKLY ONE GETS THE RELIEF

They need about 10 sessions, first week everyday then prolong the gap between the sessions. They feel the difference between 4 and 6 sessions. Each session is about 20 minutes.

HOW LONG THE TREATMENT BENEFITS LAST

By and large the relief is permanent though ideally all of them will benefit a top up session once in ten days.

WHAT ARE ALL THE CONDITIONS RESPONDS WELL TO ACUPUNCTURE

  • Acute and chronic pain conditions such as knee pain, neck pain, back pain, frozen shoulder etc.
  • Headache and migraine
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomniacs
  • Hemorrhoids fissures and IBS
  • Eczema and other skin condition
  • Asthma allergic rhinitis, sinus patients.
  • Early baldness, obesity
  • Gynae problems like premenstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms and morning sickness of pregnancy.
  • hard of hearing and early myopias
  • Gastritis, gastric reflux

WHAT ARE ALL THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNTURE

In experienced hands no side effects however in the inexperienced hands infection, trauma can happen.

IS THERE A CONTRA INDICATION FOR THE ACUPUNTURE

Local infection, bleeding disorders, patients who are all on warfarin, advanced liver disease needs to be very careful before having acupuncture. Aspirin, clopidogrel and other blood thinning medications are not contra indicated and those patients can safely have acupuncture.

CAN THIS BE TRIED WITH ALL OTHER MEDICINE?

Yes, since there is no internal administration of chemicals it can be tried in addition to any other system of medicine.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY ARTHRITIC KNEE OR SPONDYLITIC BACK

Acupuncture either regenerates the knee or back structure or it eradicate the correct reason for the knee or back pain which may not be just degeneration.