What is acupuncture?
The word acupuncture is derived from Latin language “acus” means needle and “punctura” means to penetrate. In this therapy tiny thin needles are inserted on certain specific points on the surface of skin to treat the pain and sufferings.
As per traditional Chinese medicine our body is governed by energy or life force or vital force or prana. Chinese call this vital force as Qi. Whenever there is excess, deficiency or blockade in flow of this Qi, diseases appear in human body. This Qi along with blood and body fluids flow in certain channels termed as meridians. There are 12 primary meridians and 8 extraordinary meridians in our body which reach all parts including internal organs of the body. There are certain points on these meridians through which treatment of diseases is done by inserting needles. These points are called acupuncture points.
Is acupuncture painful?
Since this treatment is carried out with needles the first question in mind comes whether it is a painful experience? The acupuncture needle is about 10 times thinner than the normal injection needle. Usually there a sensation of mosquito bite and this sensation or little more in certain cases is must for the therapy to be effective. This sensation in Chinese language is called “Deqi” means connecting the needle with Vital force or Qi. Over all there is only sensation not pain only at the time of needle insertion and after the needle is in there is no pain for rest of the period therapy. Which are the diseases that can be managed with acupuncture?
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Joint pain
- Periarthritis of the shoulder
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Dental pain
- Temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Postoperative pain
- Acute bacillary dysentery
- Primary dysmenorrhea
- Acute Epigastralgia
- Peptic ulcer
- Acute and chronic gastritis