What is Acupuncture?
One of the most intricate branches of ancient Chinese medicinal treatments believed to have originated some two thousand years ago in China; that works on the flow of energy. It is a technique to stimulate the whole host of neurochemicals placed across the meridians of the human body; described as ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’, to initiate their systematic release in the body, which in turn releases endomorphin. However, ‘Acupuncture’ is a European term coined by Willem Ten Rhyne, originally represented by the character ‘Chen’ which plainly means ‘ to prick with a needle.’
History and Origin
Considered as one of the earliest healing procedures of curing pains, the practice was first devised in the early Stone Age by Chinese when sharp edged tools; referred by the character ‘Bian,’ were used to heal the gnawing pains. The earliest recorded attempt to use acupuncture in the treatment of the disease was during the Shang dynasty. Also, Nei Ching Su Wen is the first written text on the topic that was later, rewritten and updated by various Chinese physicians. With the invasions of Portuguese, the idea was eventually filtered to the West. Ultimately, the introduction of the elementary principles of surgery of the western medication marked the downfall of the healing therapy of acupuncture in the late nineteenth century.
Tools and Equipment Used
The commencement of the treatment focused on using the Bian stones. These sharp knives were later discarded and improved with stone needles made of ceramics, which are still used in the rural regions of China. Eventually, to make the process less painful, tiny filiform and steel needles in varied shapes and sizes were invented which are used today by the practitioners.
The key focus of Chinese healing is the imbalance in the organ system. Chinese medicine explains that by balancing this flow of energy or the life force, any ailment can be overcome. This is performed by removing the blockages in the meridians of CHEE in the body by puncturing the acute points with sharp needles. Unlike the western medical system, Chinese therapy works on the spiritual and emotional levels and is based on the ‘Five Elements Theory’.
The treatment starts by examining the tongue and pulse of the patient. Next, the acupuncturist inquiries about the physical and emotional history of the patient or the complaints of pain. Depending upon the symptoms the acupuncturist inserts the needle on manipulating Qi. There are around two thousand points located across the twelve organ meridians and around twenty needles are used on the selected points.The depth of these sterile needles depends on the channels that are selected and moved through the skin if required.However, the process is not painful, but a tickling sensation is experienced.The results also vary; the effect can be experienced in twenty to thirty minutes, or it can also take a few days.
Governor of the State of Kuo was the first patient who was treated for coma, using Acupuncture technique by the physician named Chin Yeah-Jen. Initially, acupuncture was used only to treat chronic pains. In due course, it was applied to treat a multitude of varied conditions such as sleeping disorders, circulatory disorders, gastrointestinal problems, gynecological or urine tract disorders, immune system related disorders, respiratory conditions, etc. However; today it is considered as an alternative medicine to miracle faith healing with no side effects. Recently, WHO has recognized acupuncture as a therapeutic measure for over forty disorders and diseases. It could also be used to treat addictions or substance abusers, and also as an alternative anesthetic. It is believed that acupuncture works where the conventional medicines fail.
To be candid, acupuncture fails to address the emergency situations. For example, in acute conditions such as cardiac arrest, people tend to take help of the western medical system. Whereas, for relatively placid conditions that require a holistic attention, one can wait for the therapy of acupuncture. Also, cannot cure physical ailments such as broken bones or the complaints that require surgery. Moreover, the results are not guaranteed as it is not merely the acupuncture practitioner that is responsible for the healing, although the attitude and lifestyle of the patient play a major role. Nonetheless, it is very difficult to find a reliable and an expert consultant with ease.
It is now established that sticking a needle into your body could make a lot of sense. This ancient wisdom has given simple needles an extraordinary power. Even so, it is advised to be very vigilant before finalizing your treatment as most of the therapist are a hoax. It is always advisable to inquire about the qualifications and credentials; and the history of successful healing of an acupuncturist.