The Origin of Acupuncture and Why it Could be a Hit or a Miss

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine dating back to around 3000 years ago. It works by placing needles along certain acupuncture pressure points, these needles are then gently forced into the person's skin piercing it shallowly. Recently, studies have shown that acupuncture can have supplemental medicinal qualities to a treatment plan.

How does acupuncture work?

As mentioned earlier, acupuncture is a complementary medicine that can boost a treatment plan. This means that there is no direct evidence that supports acupuncture as a curative treatment, but rather something that can help alleviate symptoms. Here is how it works: When a disease affects the body the natural energy flow within a person known as qi or chi, is disrupted. Acupuncture stimulates these pressure points, releasing the disrupted flow of qi into the system.

A Western understanding on how acupuncture works differs from that of the ancient Chinese. Scientists from several prestigious medical universities and centers have aimed at understanding how acupuncture works. They have concluded that it does indeed have complementary benefits that can be ruled out as not just a placebo. A running theory is that acupuncture pressure points therapy works along the lines stimulating neurohormonal pathways. The piercing needle directly disrupts the nerve sending signals to the brain to alleviate pain or pressure by releasing endorphins. These make you feel happy thus lessening your pain.

Another working theory is that acupuncture reduces inflammatory markers or proteins. Studies have suggested that this can reduce pro-inflammatory markers related to pain and inflammation.

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Muscle spasms

  • Pain

  • Chronic back issues

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Neck pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Knee pain

  • Allergies

  • Digestion

  • Mood, depression and anxiety

Adverse Effects of Acupuncture

There are no known related side effects to acupuncture unless improperly practiced upon. This can either be due to an underlying condition that a patient has or by visiting an unlicensed, non-sterile acupuncture practice. For example:

  • Non-sterile needles may lead to infection or other serious complications.

  • A person with a pacemaker should avoid acupuncture as it may affect the electrical signals.

  • A person with a blood disorder can have bad reactions to being pierced with a needle.

  • Improper insertion can damage an organ.

  • Pregnant women are urged caution.

Other effects that are mostly normal are:

  • Minor bleeding

  • Bruising

  • Soreness

Ayurveda and Acupuncture

While Ayurveda does not necessarily use acupuncture it is recommended as a complementary treatment to Ayurvedic treatment with the benefit of Ayurvedic herbs. Consult our doctors for more information.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Pain

Using these herbs can help you with pain relief:

Try acupuncture to supplement your pain, or even use it to calm yourself down from a long hard day, but make sure you see someone reputable first.


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