What is it?Acupuncture is the "surgical" part of The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the insertion of very fine needles in very specific points of our body in order to promote natural healing and balance our complex bioelectrical system.
Theory:The science of TCM is the study of the human pathology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. The earliest book is the Neijing (Internal Classic of Medicine).
The TCM made great progress in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.C.) after that It had ups and downs until Peoples Republic of China was founded and an integration of both medicines (western and eastern) began.
- The essential energy is called Qi .
- Everything in the universe exists with two main forces called Yin and Yang.
- The five elements theory (wood, fire, earth, metal and water).
- Everything in our system is inter-connected.
- There is a unity of man and nature. (diet, exercise, work, stress etc.).
Disease is caused by Pathogenic factors:
- Six excesses.- Climate factors (wind, cold, heat, damp, dryness and fire).
- Pestilence.- Bacteria & viruses.
- Internal injuries by the Seven Emotions.
- Improper diet.
- Fatigue or lack of exercise.
- External injuries
When there is a disharmony between the pathogenic factor and the anti-pathogenic factor (immune system) then disease appears.
How do we deal with disease?Chinese Medicine includes:
- Massage / suction cups.
How does it work?
- Chinese way.- the body has multiple channels where the Qi and the anti-pathological energy flows. Any obstruction of this flow, any accumulation of pathological energy will cause disease. An insertion of a particular needle in specific points in our body, either gets rid of this negative energy or makes it flow again.
- Western way.- the body is a complex bio-electrical system that is expressed in the surface as meridians or channels where the needles are inserted and an electrical movement happens. The body reacts to this by releasing many neuro-chemicals like endorphins, di-norphins, etc.
- The needle is a multiple/functions electrode made of different metals. The difference of temperature (in and out) makes an electrical impulse.
When should I try it?
- If you want a more natural approach to handle your ailments.
- When other therapies fail to manage your condition(s).
- Before you decide for a more drastic procedure like surgery.
- If you have the following conditions:
What is it for?
- Commonly treated conditions:
- Allergies / Asthma
- Immune System Deficiency
- Anxiety / Depression
- Arthritis / Joint Problems / Knee Pain
- Back Pain
- Menopausal Discomfort
- Bladder / Kidney
- Neck Pain / Stiffness
- Constipation / Diarrhea
- Pre-menopausal Syndrome
- Cough / Bronchitis
- Paralysis / Numbness
- Frozen Shoulder / Shoulder Pain
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Headache/Migraine / Stress / Tension
What influences success or failure in the therapy?
- The practitioner
- The condition (acute, chronic)
- The patient's response to acupuncture. (slow, medium or fast)
- The technique used, Acupuncture is a medical resource not a "panacea"