Acupuncture has been known for thousands of years ago as part of treatment therapy. Through long research and experiments, acupuncture was finally recognized by the medical world as part of alternative and complementary therapies in medical practice. Let us get to know to this kind of therapy.
Acupuncture is part of Chinese traditional medicine that has lasted thousands of years. From the view of Chinese medicine, a healthy body is a state of perfect balance between Yin and Yang. Yin represents the passive aspect, slow and cold, while Yang represents hot aspect, active and happy. A condition of sickness happens if there is an imbalance of Yin and Yang. This imbalance will lead to obstruction of the flow of chi (life energy) flowing in channels called meridians. These constraints can be relieved with a variety of techniques. One of them is with acupuncture. There are at least 2000 acupuncture points on the human body that acts as a road associated with these meridians.
Acupuncture itself encompasses all procedures involving stimulation in various anatomical points of the human body with a variety of techniques. Acupuncture technique most often investigated is the use of solid and fine needle as stimulation media in anatomy points of the body either by hand or by electrical stimulation.
In terms of modern medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating the sensory nerves at the point where it is pricked by needles. Stimulation will be forwarded to the brain, consequently arises various physiological responses (normal) in return both at the brain and in peripheral organs. The study also found that in the middle of acupuncture procession, the body releases endogenous opioids that cause the sensation of comfort and disappearance of pain. Acupuncture stimulation also stimulates the hypothalamus and pituary gland in the brain causing a wide variety of systemic effects. The release of neurotransmitter neurohormon and also cause changes in blood flow regulation of both central and peripheral. Although it has been much research done, the relationship between acupuncture points with the body’s systemic response is still hard to pin down with modern medical science.
Medical acupuncture is acupuncture performed by doctors who are trained and licensed for acupuncture technique. The technique used is certainly safe and medically proven.
Then, in what circumstances acupuncture can be used?
Currently, acupuncture has been recognized as an alternative therapy to overcome:
Until now, there has not yet been proven that acupuncture can help you lose weight.
Are there any side effects from acupuncture?
Side effects that appear are more related to the unhygienic needles used, which are the infection at the pricked points, hepatitis, and other diseases that are transmitted through needle. If it is not done by experts, the needle can injure internal organs beneath the pricked areas such as pneumothorax (presence of air in the pleural space / space between the chest wall and lungs). Therefore, it is very important to ensure that the needles used are sterile, non-toxic and single-use which means that they are used only once for one patient and after that the needles are right away discarded. Also make sure that you are being handled by a licensed acupuncture doctor. The pain that arises at the pricking occurred as a result of the incorrect pricked point. Therefore, the expertise of acupuncturists plays an important role in the process.
What should I do when deciding to do acupuncture?
When visited acupuncturists, maybe you will be asked about your current condition, history of disease, habits and your lifestyle. Here are tips before starting acupuncture therapy:
Will there be pain when doing acupuncture?
Usually the pain will not arise when the needle inserted. Some people feel the relaxation or even excited. You should not move during the process of acupuncture.
How long do I have to undergo this therapy?
It really depends on your body condition and disease. Usually it takes 5 to 8 times of meeting, but it may take more depending on the condition of the disease.
Currently, Acupuncture clinics have been mushrooming, but the most important thing is to make sure that you are handled by a licensed acupuncture doctor.