Acupuncture: Explained

Acupuncture: Explained

Acupuncture is a ancient Chinese medical practice that involves inserting fine needles at specific points on the skin. The basis of this medical practice is Qi (chee), life energy that flows through the body. Illness occurs when Qi does not flow freely through the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the flow of Qi, and thus restoring good health.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of health conditions. It’s most commonly used to treat headaches, Lower back pain, dental pain. Apart from these, acupuncture has been observed to be effective as treatments for:
Nausea and Vomiting Post and operation
Osteoarthritis
Pain during Endoscopy

It is also commonly used to treat asthma, infertility and anxiety. However as with most forms of alternative medicine, there is very little scientific backing and hence it’s practice is not recommended by many healthcare professionals.This does not necessarily mean that this form of treatment is ineffective. It just means that it’s not as profitable. Such is the sad story of the world of medicine, where pharmaceuticals take precedence over any other form of treatment.

Scientifically speaking, Acupuncture could possibly be affecting nerves and muscle tissue and through that process instigate a body reaction that results in better health. However, one cannot ignore the possibility of the placebo affect being responsible for the success of the treatment.

The existence of Qi is questionable in the eyes of science. With the knowledge we have at this day and age, we have come to realize that there is more that we know about the human body now than ever before. Yet, we have only scratched the surface. In actuality, at best, we know about 40 % of the human body and its functions. With 40 % I am being extremely optimistic. The only way to know more is to explore. So I leave it to you. Alternative Medicine may be the way to true healing, curing ourselves of diseases as opposed to the “Medicine” that in most cases is a symptomatic form of treatment.

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