An ancient method of Chinese medicine known as acupuncture involves the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at precise places on the body in order to have a therapeutic effect. There is no injection of the medication. Acupuncture’s positive benefits are brought about only by the use of needles.
Acupuncture is used to promote the body’s natural healing process, enhance mood and energy levels, lessen or alleviate pain, and improve function in regions of the body that have been impacted. Because it is both risk-free and efficient, it is often and fruitfully used as an alternative to conventional medical treatment, including even surgical procedures. Acupuncture is often successful in providing relief when conventional medical treatment has been unsuccessful.
The length of an acupuncture needle ranges from 13 to 70 millimeters, and it is often made of stainless steel, however, gold or silver may also be used. Only needles intended for single use are used here. The needles are very thin, bendable, and rounded, yet the very tip is pointy and sharp. They are considered to be “atraumatic,” which indicates that they do not have a sharp edge like a hypodermic needle, which may cause damage to the surrounding tissue. Because of the way they are constructed, acupuncture needles are able to glide easily through tissues, and it is quite improbable that they would cause bleeding or harm to the structures under the surface.
Acupuncture points, also known as acupoints, are locations on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity compared to the skin around them. These locations are a part of a network of points that were mapped out by the Chinese many centuries ago. The majority of them are located along what is known as “meridians” or “channels,” which are thought to be the passageways via which energy, also known as Qi (pronounced “Chee”), moves through the body. Acupoints may be identified using either the conventional approach or by locating anatomical landmarks (for example, “the spot where the middle finger contacts the thigh while standing at attention”) Acupoints are used to treat a variety of conditions.
When the needle is properly positioned, the patient may experience a sensation that is described as dull, heavy, or hurting. This is referred to be “de Qi,” and some traditional acupuncturists believe that it is crucial for the effectiveness of acupuncture in order for it to be performed. According to the findings of AFCI, it is possible to provide pain alleviation in many cases without activating the de Qi response. Recent findings from the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) suggest that the brain’s reaction to needling with or without the de Qi feeling is distinct.
After 15 to 30 minutes have passed, the practitioner may adjust the needles to either increase or decrease the flow of qi. This is done while the needles remain in place. Some of the needling methods that a practitioner may use include lifting, twisting, and spinning the needle.
During the course of your acupuncture treatment, we may also use the following other modalities:
- Moxibustion: Sometimes the needles are heated by attaching and burning a piece of rolled-up Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort) on the handle of the needle, or by holding a cigar-shaped piece of tightly packed ‘smokeless’ moxa near the handles of the needles. Both of these methods are referred to as “smokeless” moxa. Moxibustion sometimes referred to simply as “moxa,” is the name of this method. When there is a “cold syndrome” or for the purpose of transferring energy, one of the traditional reasons for the use of moxa in acupuncture is to apply it.
- Auricular acupuncture: the ear is a “microsystem,” which means that there is a point on the ear that symbolizes every area of the body. This kind of acupuncture is performed on the external ear. Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France in the 1950s was the first person to create a topographical approach to the use of ear points for treating systemically. It was the sight of multiple people from Africa who had scars on their external ears in the same region, which was an area that was utilized to cure sciatic pain, that first piqued his interest in the subject. Please see the following website at http://www.sedatelec.com/english/acupauri.htm for more details on this phenomenon:
- Acupressure refers to a method that involves applying pressure to acupuncture points with the thumbs or fingers and has the potential to alleviate symptoms in persons who are receptive to the treatment.
- Tuina is a kind of therapeutic massage that originated in China. Tuina is a Hawaiian term that literally means “pushing and grasping.” Rolling, pushing, gripping, kneading, stroking, biting, vibrating, cutting, spinning, pinching, and pressing are only some of the usual techniques. Other methods include: These procedures may be carried out alone or in conjunction with one another, and they can be utilized on particular acupuncture sites, along a channel or meridian, or throughout an extensive region of the body. Tuina is most well-known for its ability to repair joint issues and induce relaxation, but it also has the potential to treat a wide variety of other conditions.