Acupuncture is a form of medical practice used to treat many types of conditions by using thin, fine needles that are inserted into certain parts of the body depending on what condition is treated. The method is traced way back to the Chinese traditional healing method which, some historians believe, might be 5,000 years old.
How does acupuncture work?
The healing method is derived from the theory that Qi (a form of energy) flows all over the body along meridians (acupuncture points). It is believed the pain and illnesses occur due to Qi imbalances or blockage. Acupuncture enhances the flow and restore the balance of Qi.
Prior to the session, the acupuncture provider makes sure he or she has knowledge about the patient’s health history, body functionality and the pain source. The provider usually looks for the acupuncture points affected and tries to unblock the blocked energy.
A positive attitude towards acupuncture treatment enhances the achievement of positive results. Although it is not a must that the patient has to believe that the method will work, positive thinking does increase your chances to benefit from acupuncture.
According to a number of clinical studies carried out, acupuncture has been proved to successfully treat several health problems. The acupuncture is believed to relieve conditions ranging from neck pain and lower back pain to infertility and insomnia.
The diseases and conditions that acupuncture promises to help with include:
– Respiratory problems (sore throat, asthma, rhinitis, bronchitis etc.)
– Digestive disorders (constipation, diarrhea and spastic colon).
– Reproductive disorders (both male and female infertility).
– Urinary problems.
– Menstrual cramps.
– Neurological disorders and chronic pains including migraines, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow.
– Depression and anxiety.
– Sleep disorders.
Clinical studies and scientific research findings
In the past two centuries, acupuncture has gain considerable popularity. The treatment method is currently being used by Asian, American and European people. There have been many clinical trials of acupuncture as to its effectiveness and ability to treat aforementioned health conditions. Findings from several scientific researches state that acupuncture can offer relatively high success rates when it comes to certain problems like insomnia, chronic pains and anxiety, for example. In fact, mainstream medicine tends to resort to acupuncture to help with those conditions after conventional treatment options have failed to produce tangible results.
However, the evidence that acupuncture can effectively treat some serious conditions such as infertility, for instance, is insufficient for now. So further research is needed to shed more light on this ancient Chinese practice.