Acupuncture - a set of procedures designed to stimulate specific points on the body by penetrating the skin of metal needles. In its classical form of acupuncture is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine, a form of alternative medicine and one of the oldest treatments in the world. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific points, acupuncture corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
Research shows that traditional forms of acupuncture are more effective than placebo in relieving certain types of pain and post-operative nausea and recent systematic studies have confirmed that acupuncture also is a promising treatment option for sleep disorders, anxiety and depression.
There is a general international agreement, which acupuncture is recognized relatively safe, if the procedure is carried out under the control of trained practitioners using sterile needles. Under such conditions, acupuncture has a very low risk of serious side effects.
The origins of acupuncture
The exact date of the beginning of the use of acupuncture in ancient China is not defined. The written sources belonging to the Shang Dynasty, which mentions acupuncture date back to 1600-1100 years BC. They indicate that while acupuncture was practiced along with the cautery, and also has its origins in the bloodletting and demonology. For the procedure used sharpened stones Bian Shi and bone needles were replaced with metal needles only in the 2nd century BC. Later, the practice of acupuncture has spread from China in the areas that are now part of Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan, and in the 16th century Portuguese missionaries brought knowledge of acupuncture to the West.
About 90 works on acupuncture were written in China between the Han Dynasty and Song and Emperor Zhentszun in 1023 ordered to erect a bronze statue depicting the meridians and acupuncture points.
The use of acupuncture
The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that the body's functions are regulated energy called Qi, which flows through the body. Violation of the energy flow is the cause of diseases and acupuncture includes techniques whose aim is to correct the imbalance in the flow of Qi through the stimulation of acupuncture points. The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points is the penetration of the skin thin metallic needles that are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture session begins with a survey of the patient to make a diagnosis. In traditional Chinese medicine, there are four diagnostic methods: inspection, listening, questioning and palpation. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which have analgesic effect. Acupuncture leads to the release of various brain chemicals that modulate autonomic nervous system, and affect a broad spectrum of organ systems.
In clinical practice, acupuncture is highly individualized, and based on the philosophy and intuition, and not controlled research. Acupuncture session lasts 10 to 60 minutes, including diagnosis and treatment during a single session. The needles used in the procedure must be sterile and disposable, they vary in length from 13 to 130 mm.
According to reviews, acupuncture helps to suppress chronic pain, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, get rid of drug addiction, as well as effective in the fight against obesity.
The use of acupuncture to combat excess weight is possible thanks to its ability to influence obesity hormones. According to reviews, acupuncture reduces appetite, suppresses cravings for defoliation, increases metabolism, improves digestion and regulates hormones associated with obesity. The procedure of acupuncture for weight loss also increases the function of the liver - an organ that produces chemicals are important for processing nutrients and breaking down fats.
The procedure is as follows:
- Determines the point Qi control weight - in terms of the stomach and endocrine system;
- Several tiny sterilized needles are inserted into these invisible channels, generating stimulating the meridians and centers that cause the release of neurochemicals and hormones;
- The needles are coated with a special tape remain in place for several days, after which the patient alone or delete them at your next visit.
When choosing acupuncture as treatments to fight obesity need to find a specialized agency, staffed by licensed akupukturschiki that have not only education, but also many years of practice in this area. It is better if a qualified acupuncturist has experience in other areas of medicine.
The best results from acupuncture for weight loss is achieved, from 10 treatments over several weeks. Acupuncture for weight loss must be combined with a diet, eating healthy foods combined with exercise.
Su Jok acupuncture
Su Jok in Korean is a combination of the words "su" meaning hand and "Jock" - legs. Thus, the Su Jok acupuncture is the treatment of various diseases through specific points located on the palms of the hands and feet. It is instantaneous and effective healing therapy, applied without drugs and has no side effects.
Su Jok acupuncture is physical and metaphysical natural therapy that helps in the treatment of diseases such as:
- joint pain;
Su Jok acupuncture is also used for constipation, obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, and menstrual problems.
As the procedure of acupuncture is based on the penetration of the needle into the skin, there is a certain risk of contracting infections if used non-sterile or reusable needles. The number of infectious diseases caused by the procedure, acupuncture, reviews include bacterial infections and hepatitis B.
According to reviews, acupuncture causes serious side effects are extremely rare, they include minor bleeding at the entry of the needles, bruising, pain and dizziness.