Acupuncture is a form of alternative treatment done through inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific body points to various depths. The acupuncturist inserts needles into the patient’s body for the sake of balancing their energy.
Acupuncture is claimed to not only be effective in boosting wellbeing and reducing pain but also in treating conditions such as headache, whooping cough, blood pressure, and so on. Although, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has stated that there is limited evidence for its effectiveness for uses other than pain relief.
Acupuncture is based on the traditional Chinese concept of “qi”. “Qi” pronounced “chi” theory states that our health is the result of harmonious balance of “yin” and “yang” (the complementary extremes of our life force known as “qi”). Qi flows through different pathways or meridians in the human body. An imbalance in the flow of qi is said to cause illness.
The body is said to have around 350 acupuncture points and inserting needles in appropriate combination into these points is believed to bring the energy flow in the body back into proper balance and cure illness.
Acupuncture has proven useful in different cases. Acupuncture has shown to relieve tension headaches and migraines according to research carried out in Germany. NCCIH has noted that acupuncture has helped in cases of neck pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain and headaches and migraines.
The World Health Organization has listed in 2003 that acupuncture has been proven effective in cases of high and low blood pressure, painful periods, sprains, facial pain, gastric conditions including peptic ulcer, dysentery, sciatica, dental pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, morning sickness and rheumatoid arthritis.
The WHO has also stated that acupuncture has shown to help conditions, but more evidence is needed in case of spine pain, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, vascular dementia, Tourette syndrome, substance, tobacco or alcohol dependence and whooping cough or pertussis.
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