Derived from the Latin word ‘acus’ which means needle and ‘punctura’ which means to puncture, the practice of acupuncture basically means to use needles for the treatment of several kinds of medical issues. These needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points that are basically pre-defined spots on the body that are pricked to invoke a specific therapeutic response. These acupuncture points stimulate the brain and the central nervous system (CNS) that leads to the release of certain chemicals that change the nature of the pain or that later the body’s self-regulating mechanisms. These changes are essentially biochemical in nature and that stimulates our natural healing abilities and therefore to promote not only our physical well-being but also mental and emotional well-being. Though popularly believed to have originated in China, there are certain mentions of this needle therapy in the Indian scriptures.
Being completely without the use of any medicines, acupuncture is like a healing system that increases the resistance of our immune system. It enhances the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-shock, anti-paralytic properties of the body. Acupuncture speeds up the rate of recovery from effects of disorders like cerebral strokes, cerebral palsy, paralysis of limbs (hemiplegia) and Parkinson’s disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has drawn up a list of certain disorders that can be treated by acupuncturists which can be as diverse as alcohol detoxification, Bell’s palsy, deafness to nausea, coronary heart disease, and male sexual dysfunction.
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An acupuncturist is an Alternative medicine practitioner who uses this ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine to apply thin needles into the patient's body to heal him/her.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT ACUPUNCTURIST?
Acupuncturist can treat lower backaches, headache and vomiting.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ACUPUNCTURIST?
Acupuncturists penetrate thin needles into a patient's pressure points which incites the flow of energy known as 'Qi' that further stimulates healing of the body.
COMMON PROBLEMS YOU SHOULD SEE ACUPUNCTURIST FOR
Acupuncturists can treat allergies such as hay fever.
DID YOU KNOW?
Acupuncture is a 2000-year old practice, making it one of the oldest forms of healthcare treatment.