Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians.
As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy.
Medical Acupuncture – Conditions Treated
Acupuncture therapy has numerous applications, some of which include:
– Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
– Allergies and sinus issues
– Back, neck, knee, and/or facial pain
– Biliary colic
– Abnormal blood pressure
– Epigastralgia (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastospasm)
– Frozen shoulder
– Migraines and headaches
– Induction of labour
– Malposition of fetus
– Menstrual problems
– Morning sickness
– Pain relief (acute and chronic)
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Sleep disorders
– Sprains and strains
– Addictions – smoking, eating, drugs