Acupuncture the ancient chinese art of healing has a known history spread over some five thousand years. A popular explanation offered for the discovery of Acupuncture is the story of a warrior wounded by an arrow.The arrow was removed and the wound healed.It was observed that a disease in an unrelated part of the body was cured.
Whats is Acupuncture ?
“Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting thin needles in to specific points of the body to improve circulation & reduce pain. It is believed by practitioners of Acupuncture that ‘qi ‘ or ‘vital energy’ is redirected by the Acupuncture process thereby helping the body to heal itself. ”
How does Acupuncture work ?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body & over its surface. These energy channels are called meridians. These meridians can be influenced by needling the Acupuncture points, the Acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions & reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalance in their digestion, absorption & energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the Acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord & brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals & hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy & biochemical balance produced by Acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s healing abilities & in promoting physical & emotional well-being.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid & hair-thin. People experience Acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimum pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Because your doctor carefully sterilizes the needles using the same techniques as for surgical instruments, or uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
Does Acupuncture Work ?
In November of 1997, a national institute of health (NIH) consensus panel was convened to examine all available research on the ancient Chinese therapy, The mere fact that the panel was convened by the central pillars of the U.S. research establishment, demonstrates how much respectability Acupuncture has gained among Western scientists & wipes Acupuncture of anyone’s “quackery” list. The consensus statement concludes that Acupuncture; clearly works to treat a number of conditions including nausea from chemotherapy, surgery (including dental surgery) May also be effective therapy for a number of other conditions & has substantially lower incidence of adverse side effects than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition.
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including : Digestive disorders : gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea. Respiratory disorders : sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections. Neurological and muscular disorders : headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.
Are There any Do's and Dont's for me on the Day of Treatment ?
Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important: Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment. Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment. Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits. Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of Acupuncture treatments. Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem. Side Effects of Acupuncture Severe injury from Acupuncture is extremely rare, well- trained and experienced acupuncturist are likely to injure a patient. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes may occur this is the indication that Acupuncture is starting to work & requires a bit of rest to overcome.
There are several by which acupuncture could influence the results of In vitro Fertilization – IVF. Acupuncture has been shown in some studies to affect the levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones. Electro-acupuncture may help improve blood flow in the uterine arteries of infertile women. The most immediate possible effect is that acupuncture served to “relax” the uterus around the time of the transfer. Several studies have shown that the uterus has contractions and that these contractions could cause expulsion of the transferred IVF embryos. If the contractions were reduced by acupuncture then that could be a mechanism for an improvement in IVF pregnancy rate. However, researchers performing a study on 164 IVF patients found that acupuncture did not reduce uterine contractions. Furthermore, implantation of the embryos into the uterine lining does not occur for two to five days after embryo transfer depending upon when the embryos were transferred. It is unknown whether the effect of acupuncture performed on the day embryo transfer would last until the day of embryo implantation or longer. Many patients have been told that they should use acupuncture for IVF because they will respond better to medication, get more eggs, get healthier eggs, or get higher pregnancy rates. Many women with specific problems such as high FSH levels or miscarriages have been promised that acupuncture will cure all these problems. To date, however, there is no objective data that backs up these claims.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a healthy and natural substitute to plastic or cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Acupuncture is based on the principles of Chinese medicine,which involves the insertion of very thin needles on the face which enhances the blood circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production. Thus resulting into a Healthy and glowing complexion.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture:-
- » Cosmetic Acupuncture provides good results at all stages of skin aging. However the best results are archived with early treatment when » » your skin just starts to age & you start noticing wrinkles. Cosmetic Acupuncture helps to eliminate fine lines and make the deeper lines look softer.It also eliminates crow’s feet.
- » It can also help to minimize dark circles & puffy eyes.
- » It is also beneficial in minimizing sagging skin, double chin &dropping eyelids.
- » Increases the circulation giving a healthy complexion with a natural glow.
- » Increases collagen production.
- » Relaxes muscles tone & tightens the pores.
- » Keeps acne under control Cosmetic Acupuncture works the best with herbal supplements & other rejuvenating methods.
How Safe is Cosmetic Acupuncture ?
It is used in case of extensive injuries of the limbs & trunk when simultaneous stimulation of a great no of points is required.
Botox And Cosmetic Acupuncture:-
With cosmetic Acupuncture effectiveness of Botox can be maintained & can save a couple of injections per year.
Auricular Acupuncture or Ear Acupuncture:-
Auricular Acupuncture or ear Acupuncture as it is more commonly know is similar to body Acupuncture but with ear Acupuncture stimulation is only to the external ear. It is a method of treating a variety of physiological health problems.
In 1990 the direct general of the World Health Organization proclaimed to an international gathering that – “ Auricular Acupuncture is probably the most developed & best, documented, scientifically, of all the Microsystems of Acupuncture & is the most practical & widely used”
French physician Dr Paul Nogier who according to the Chinese is referred to as the Father of Modern Ear Acupuncture discovered that the position of the ear points and zones were approximately in the position of an upside down foetus, super imposed on the external ear, with the head located around the lobe of the ear.
CAUTION : Inform Ear acupuncturist if you...
• Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
• Have a cardiac pacemaker
• Have a cochlea ear implant
• Have epilepsy
• Have had rheumatic heart disease Are immune suppressed
• Have blood clotting problem
• Have hepatitis or HIV
• Have a heart rhythm problem.
Cupping therapy is usually used as a part of Acupuncture. Its been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was the original cup. Fire cupping is the traditional most effective method however some use suction cup method & just don’t use flame. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues when the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
There two main cupping techniques: stationery & moving. Stationery cups are placed on the skin and left for a period of five to fifteen minutes in one location, or four or six cups may be applied and removed cyclically in a technique called “flash cupping”. These are the methods most commonly used in chinese medicine. Prior to applying the cup, oil is administered to the skin to facilitate smooth movement. Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back,hip, abdomen, thighs,upper arms & calves. The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deep warmth & tingling long after the treatment has ended. Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body.The skin will redden with strong cupping indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of essential oils immediately following a cupping treatment will aid absorption deep into the tissue.The increased local blood supply will nourish the muscles and skin & allow toxins to be carried away. Massage cupping is also effective in treating cellulite. A light suction provides drainage, white heavier application can be used to stimulate, circulate & loosen adhesions or “dimpling” Cupping therapy enables the therapist to go deeper without discomfort to the client.
» Improvement of circulatory function
» Regulating & betterment of automatic nervous system
» Removal of pain
» Relaxation of stiff muscles& tendons
» Facilitates the flow of the lymph
» Improves the flow of Blood within the joints
» Improves the secretion of the Digestive fluids
» The most dramatic effect is upon the skin & the body fluid flow in the arteries & veins increases,
» Thus resulting into detoxification. It helps open up the chest & benefits the lungs. Therefore useful in respiratory problems.
Moxibuxtion is a traditional chinese technique that involves the burning of Mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing the purpose of moxibuxtion , is to strengthen the blood , stimulate the flow of qi & maintain general health.
How Does Moxibuxtion Works ? Does it Hurt
There are two types of moxibuxtion.
1- DIRECT MOXIBUXTION
In direct moxibuxtion a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an Acupuncture point & burned . This type of moxibuxtion is categorized into two types scarring & non scarring with scarring moxibuxtion, the moxa is placed on a point, ignited and allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely. This may lead to localized scarring, blisters& scarring after healing with nonscarring moxibuxtion, the moxa is placed on the point & lit, but is removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring.
2- INDIRECT MOXIBUXTION
In indirect moxibuxtion a practitioner lights one end of the moxa stick & holds it too close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. In another form of indirect moxibuxtion a needle is inserted into an acupoint & retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa & ignited. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished. Indirect moxibuxtion is currently the more popular form of care.
It has been well documented that many cultures, including the chinese, ancient Greeks & Egyptians all through the middle ages to modern Europe, have used magnets to relieve pain & symptoms of many conditions & also for the preservation of Beauty. Today magnetic therapy is being used by millions of people world wide to help maintain their health & enhance the quality of their lives.
The term magnets come from magnesia, a province in Asia minor, where ancient Greeks discovered the rock, Magnetite, that attracted ferrous material.
MECHANISM (S) OF ACTION
According to research when an area of the body is injured & tissue is damaged, it causes an imbalance in the electromagnetic field which triggers pain & swelling. The application of the therapeutic magnetic field to the injured area relaxes the muscles & tissues thereby increasing blood flow which supplies more oxygen & nutrients to the injured site. This process restores the electromagnetic balance in the body thus relieving pain, inflammation & promoting rapid healing without any side-effects
The body’s magnetism comes from two sources
» Magnetism from the earth’s own magnetic field. The bio-north pole of a therapeutic magnet is exactly the same as the earth’s natural magnets.
» Magnetism produced through metabolism (oxidative remnant magnetism) The magnetism made internally by the body (through oxidation) is not adequate to sustain life. Humans as a result have a definite dependency on magnetism from external sources. This was proven when astronauts required to use magnets to replace the magnetic field of the earth.It is also shown in an everyday phenomenon know as “jet lag” which results when flying for a long period of time, from being too far from the earth’s Magnetic field.
Magnets create a magnetic field believed to attract & repel charged particles in the blood creating movements & heat. This causes the blood vessels to widen which is believed to accelerate the healing process by allowing more blood to pass through capillary. Thus improving blood flow, which takes away the toxins in the system & brings in nutrient rich blood to the effected are,this helps to reduce discomfort & inflammation. The magnetic field is also thought to stimulate the nervous system, triggering blockage of discomfort sensation
Following is a list of Products available for Magneto therapy
» Multipurpose Water Magnets with Copper Jug
» Bio-Magnetic Sleeping System
» Lumbar Support
» Knee Cap
» Hair Brush
» Menstrual / Diabetes / Shoulder Belt
» Magnetic Necklace
» Eye Belts
» Calf / Ankle / Elbow Binder
» Wrist Band
» Head Belt
» Magnetic Insoles
» Nose Magents
The number of acupuncture treatments necessary depends on the patient's goals for losing weight, the speed at which they want to lose, and their commitment to keeping the weight off. If the overeating is severe, a treatment every day for the first five days is appropriate and can then taper off the second week to every other day and the third week to every three days. For the average patient who wants to lose between five to ten pounds, one treatment every three days or twice a week until they reach their goal is appropriate, and then a booster treatment once every two weeks is optimal. After a few booster treatments, the patient and practitioner will mutually decide when to terminate frequent treatments and then can aim to meet approximately four times a year at the change of seasons when energy levels are unstable and tonification and harmonizing of one's system is appropriate for everyone. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points or "energy pathways." The inserted needles act to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural "feel good" hormones. This can create a calming, relaxing effect, which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought about by increased stress, frustration or anxiety. In this respect, acupuncture can calm those so afflicted and help them lose weight without resorting to drugs.