The Acupuncture points on the meridian lines along the whole body are used for the treatment. This is the most commonly used form of acupuncture.
The theoretical basis of the acupuncture system of healing is the discovery in each hand and foot, shape and points corresponding to each part (organ) of human body. These corresponding micro points (systems) in hands and feet can therefore be used conveniently and effectively as remote controls to treat any diseased organ/part in human body. This is performed with special Sujok needles. Sujok needles are smaller in size as compared to Chinese acupuncture needles.
Qi is vital energy circulating in the body. When Qi or Blood flow stops or becomes fully obstructed the pain is produced. Blood letting is the process of purposeful puncturing and removing blood from the affected area.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The National Institute of Health does consider acupuncture to be “generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles.” However, it’s important to always go to a practitioner that is well-trained in acupuncture as well as to a facility that is very careful about using clean needles.
Acupuncture is used to treat conditions like:-
- Headache / Migraine
- Muscle spasms and Pain
- Neck Pain / Cervical Pain
- Arthritis / Knee Pain
- Digestive Problems
- Ankle Pain
- Varicose Veins
- Slip Disc / Lumber Disc
1. Helps Reduce Headache and Migraine
The acupuncture could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent chronic tension-type headaches. The needles randomly placed and strategically placed needles experienced a reduction in headache symptoms. However, in the followup survey, the real acupuncture treatment continues to decrease in the number of headache days and headache pain intensity.
Primary headaches include tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. Acupuncture is used to effectively treat primary headaches, namely tension and migraine, which are the most common.
The most important point of acupuncture for headache and migraine is DU 20 is top up the head and LI 4 on left hand.
02. Treatment for muscle spasm and pain
An acupuncture treatment for muscle spasm should include a full physical examination and question-and-answer session. The acupuncturist may try to re-create the spasm by asking you to perform the movement or position that creates the issue in an effort to accurately diagnose and treat the issue. The acupuncturist may then choose to insert a needle on a specific acupoint or exactly where the pain is, which is called an "ashi" point. Both methods are considered appropriate and effective within the acupuncture field. If appropriate, electro-stimulation is added to the treatment by attaching small wires to the needles in order to send small micro-currents to the muscle in an effort to relax it. This is rarely painful, and many patients find the sensation enjoyable.
03. Arthritis / Knee Pain
The popularity of acupuncture as a treatment for arthritis continues to grow because more and more people have found significant relief from Oriental medicine without the negative effects that sometimes accompany conventional Western medicine.
Acupuncture treatment points for arthritis are located all over the body, not just directly over the affected area. During the treatment, tiny needles are place along the patient's legs, arms, shoulders and even toes. These needles are so tiny that multiple acupuncture needles can fit inside a human hair. The needles stay on the area for set amount of time, and then removed. Most people relax and even fall asleep during the treatment. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary according to the intensity of the pain, and its severity and pervasiveness with the patient.
04. Cervical Pain, Back and Neck Pain.
The researchers reviewed clinical trials and the results showed that patients receiving acupuncture had less pain than patients in the placebo control group for back and neck muscle aches and pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. The conclusion was that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is “more than just a placebo effect, therefore it’s a reasonable referral option for doctors.”
The showed a beneficial effect of acupuncture on reducing insomnia symptoms, compared with no treatment. The analysis found that in patients who were taking medications or herbal treatments to help with sleep, adding acupuncture therapy showed better effects than taking the medications or herbs alone.
Another benefit was that unlike many sleep medications, the acupuncture sessions had no adverse side effects at all.
Relieve Allergies using these two powerful acupressure points, LI 4 and Liv 3 on both sides. These potent acupressure points open the flow of healing energy through the Large Intestine and Liver to subside allergies.
LI 4 governs descending energy down the body, and thus brings down allergic reactions.
LI 4 is on the outside of the hand, on the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together. This anti-inflammatory point, in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, opens the Large Intestine meridian, and the energy that flows down the body. Strongly stimulating this point should be avoided if you might be pregnant.
Liv 3 is on the top of the foot, in the valley or webbing between the large toe and second toes. This powerful point balances the Liver meridian, all energy that flows up the body, and relieves all kinds of allergic reactions, especially bloodshot eyes and neuromuscular disorders.
Liv 3 balances the Liver and ascending healing energy.
For an Allergy, I suggest breathing deeply as you hold each of these points for 1 to 2 minutes each, alternating three times between holding each of these points, to discover the benefits next time you have an allergy. Use these same points in the same way to prevent an allergy from coming on, especially before entering a space or situation you know you may have trouble with later
07. Digestive problems
The philosophical and clinical roots of Chinese medicine did not have words for the enzymes, minerals, bacteria, and other catalysts that we now know to be an important part of the digestive process. Nonetheless, modern medicine has found that acupuncture can effectively regulate the digestive system and strengthen its ability to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste.
Chinese medicine understands the body as constantly balancing the opposing and interdependent forces of yin and yang, which are like the water and fire aspects of the body. This constant balancing act is expressed as qi (commonly spelled chi), which translates to “energy.”
Each organ in the body has its own qi and follows a specific pathway. Much like a river running through the earth, qi runs through pathways in the body called meridians. Meridians are like rivers of qi in the body. Where the qi collects is called an acupoint. Stimulating these acupoints is called acupuncture. These are the important points St 36/ st 25/ ren 12
08. Ankle pain
Pain in the foot can be caused due to a lot of strain on the feet, too much of sitting or standing, repetitive motions and fatigue. There are many different treatments that you can try to experience relief from these pains. One of the best methods to cure ankle and foot pain is the Chinese medicine acupuncture. The acupuncture points will release endorphins which will help in reducing the pains. You can access these pressure points by yourself or you can ask a friend to help you. These pressure points will definitely help in relaxation of the foot muscles.
09. Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins is a condition of the veins in legs that is characterized as enlarged, swollen, winding, bulging or dilated. They are visible under the skin showing red, purple, blue or even black colors. In some severe cases, twisted veins look like earthworms. Patients usually feel sensations of burning, heaviness, weakness, tiredness, cramps and pains. If not promptly treated, Varicose Veins can also be associated with skin damages, open sores or thrombosis, phlebitis and sclerosis.
Acupuncture, a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has several thousand years of history. It does not have side effects. It works effectively on Varicose Veins. According to Chinese Medical explanation, Varicose Veins are caused by stagnant blood in the veins. Stagnant blood blocks the veins and blood vessels like the blockage in a water pipe. Stagnant blood can be caused by many factors, such as heredity, pregnancy, obesity, improper diet, strains due to heavy lifting or long periods of standing and walking.
Acupuncture re-distributes abnormal blood and energy flow and corrects poor circulating conditions. The insertion of acupuncture needles forces the stagnant blood to move in the blocked veins and surrounding blood vessels. Meanwhile, the points for coordinating the organs are selected to enhance the energy and blood flow to supply more blood to the area, like the blocked pipe being opened by a forceful water supply. When the blockage is removed, improved blood and energy will strengthen the body’s immune system. Therefore, this treatment can enhance the immune system’s function too.
Acupuncture is not as painful as people might imagine. Patients usually experience a small pinprick sensation when the needle is inserted. Once it is in, patients may have the sensation of weariness, tingling, pressure or electrical stimulation along the Meridians (Channels). Those sensations usually go away shortly during and /or after the treatment. Some patients may feel itchiness or heaviness in the needled area. This is a normal reaction when the deposited blood in veins and peripheral blood vessels starts moving, but the blood still cannot circulate normally due to insufficient blood supply. At this point, patients need to continue the treatment while the stagnant blood in the veins and vessels is cleared and washed away completely by increased blood flow. Then the dark color of the veins gets lighter and lighter. The veins are filled with new and healthy blood. Since the blockage is removed, the elasticity and flexibility of the veins will gradually recover. Finally, Varicose Veins would disappear.
10. Lumber disc / slip disc
First needle the empirical points and move the patient's body to a position where the pain begins to appear. Manipulate the needle with reducing method for 1-2 minutes. If the patient responds well, repeat this process a few times then insert auxillary/local points and retain for 30 minutes.
- UB 57
- UB 40
- DU 2-4
- UB 25–27
- LI 4-11