Acupuncture is a set of therapeutic practices inspired by Eastern medical traditions. Established over two millennia, acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments in the world. It consists of anatomical locations that are stimulated on or in the skin called “acupoints”.
Different approaches are for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease are conducted and the most widely adopted procedure in the world today is the skin penetration by needles – a thin solid metal manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture in Chinese Tradition
According to Chinese tradition, the technique is able to adjust the body’s energy channels, called meridians in acupuncture, according to balance of yin and yang. The western modern medicine, however, suggests that the method stimulates the release of chemical substances that affects the nervous system and may have effects throughout the body, providing the balance of the body. So, is closely associated with organic disorders resulting from emotional stress.
The diagnosis is made after questioning various aspects of life of the patient and the observation of physical manifestations such as heartbeat, breathing, color and appearance of the skin and tongue. Once the problem is identified, the patient may have some of its more than a thousand acupuncture points stimulated in various and frequent sessions.
Acupuncture seeks to recover the organism as a whole by the induction of regenerative processes, normalization of altered functions, strengthening the immune system and pain control. Although research has shown that acupuncture can actually turn off areas of the brain associated with pain, it is not known whether the method is a mechanism that supports or contributes to the therapeutic effect on a person.
In any event, the technique survive for thousands of years, showing the benefit patients with gastrointestinal, respiratory, muscle, urological, endocrine, neurological and psychological, gynecological and dermatological even.
Acupuncture is especially indicated for the reduction of pain in cases of fibromyalgia and pain located in the back, treating nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy or surgery, and decreased emotional stress.
WHO and Acupuncture
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers complementary practice of modern medicine. In the United States, it was only recommended last year by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for back pain by the public health system of the country.
Experiments with rats have shown that acupuncture can even triple the effects of a natural compound known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory functions. Researchers at the University of Rochester, USA observed that tissue close to the needles have up to 24 times adenosine, suggesting that the skin piercing imperceptible to both trigger the accumulation of the substance in the outer skin tissue, and also for signaling the brain create natural endorphins for pain.
According to Chinese medicine, the energy meridians that run through the body are affected by energy “perverse” that affect the body in general. Despite sounding mystical, tradition itself considers that western winds, bacteria, viruses, injuries, traumas, anxiety, cold or heat constitute much of the energies “perverse” and modern medicine agrees to these.