Monday, April 22, 2024

What is Acupuncture?

An ancient Chinese medicinal method that has been practised for over 2000 years and still used today (quite successfully) to treat a wide range of ailments. In fact, data shows that the adoption of acupuncture as a treatment method even within mainstream medicine is on the rise. It involves the use of needles at specific points in the body. The aim of this treatment is to return balance to the body, as Chinese medicine tells us when the energy (Qi) flow of the body is unbalanced or blocked it results in physical ailments. Qi flows along 14 channels or meridians that lay close to the surface of the human body. There are nearly 400 points along the meridians that link to the organs and viscera of the body.

Science can’t really tell us how acupuncture works, some claim it’s due to the balancing of vital energy while others believe it has a neurological effect but there is scientific evidence that acupuncture does help with some conditions and most prominently in the treatment of pain.  

Scientific research from many countries to explore the benefits of acupuncture has provided data and measurable effects and as a result of which the World Health Organisation (WHO) identified a list of conditions where there is enough scientific evidence to prove it effective;

  • high and low blood pressure
  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
  • painful periods
  • dysentery
  • allergic rhinitis
  • facial pain
  • morning sickness
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sprains
  • tennis elbow
  • sciatica
  • dental pain
  • reducing the risk of stroke
  • inducing labour

There are also a number of conditions that the WHO mentions that acupuncture ma help but that further research is required to provide more evidence;

  • fibromyalgia
  • neuralgia
  • post-operative convalescence
  • substance, tobacco and alcohol dependence
  • spine pain
  • stiff neck
  • vascular dementia
  • whooping cough, or pertussis
  • Tourette syndrome

 

Acupuncture can be used for children too. Although in the case of treating children only 1 or 2 needs are used and more often no needles or skin penetration takes place. Perhaps a more accurate description is acupressure. Treating children using fingers to stimulate the various points on the body and can be used on newborns up to teenagers.

 Acupuncture is considered to be a quite safe therapy with minimal risk of any adverse effects or complications. As with any therapy/treatment, it’s important to do your research and ensure that the practitioner is appropriately qualified to administer the therapy.

Shereen is a scientist turned mindset expert, specialising in helping women find their inner happy! After completing a masters in Medical Microbiology and working as a researcher for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she found her true purpose helping overwhelmed women find inner peace, purpose and another way of life.

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