What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest of the medical sciences, developed in China more than 2000 years. In fact, acupuncture is said to have been in existence even during the Stone Ages where there has been evidence of the use of crude stone needles.
Acupuncture is the system of treatment of ailments by the insertion of needles at some definite points in the human body. It deals basically with the bioelectrical and biophysical properties of the human body, thus affecting the functioning of the whole mind and body.
Recent research confirms the existence of the meridians and acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture points are found to be small areas of lowered electrical resistance on the skin and acupuncture therapy brings about a dynamic equilibrium in the nervous system by detecting these points.
Acupuncture therapists use the concept of `yin` and `yang` forces in the body which is akin to the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities of the nervous systems. During an illness this balance is affected and acupuncture helps to stabilise this equilibrium.
When can acupuncture be used?
Acupuncture has proved to be a good alternative healing therapy and has gained the confidence of people all over the world.
Some of the ailments that can be alleviated using acupuncture are:
Muscular and skeletal disorders like osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis and frozen shoulders.
Neurological disorders like paralysis, tremors, migranes and headaches.
Psychological disorders like depression, and addictions to drug and alcohol.
Disorders in the respiratory tract like bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and sinus problems.
Gastro-intestinal disorders like ulcers, acidity and chronic abdominal pain.
Other disorders like stammering and myopia in children.
Studies show that acupuncture has no side effects and is very effective. It aims at removing the root cause of the disease. As far as possible, it is best to avoid acupuncture therapy during pregnancy especially during the first trimester.