Acupuncture is an ancient therapy originating in China, which consists of applying needles at specific points in the body to treat diseases and promote health. These needles, when applied over some specific regions, are able to treat various physical or emotional illnesses such as sinusitis, asthma, migraine or arthritis for example, in addition to improving your immune system.
The insertion of Acupuncture needles stimulates the nerve endings in the skin and other tissues, thus sending messages to the brain, which triggers different effects on the body, such as analgesic or anti-inflammatory action. There are several scientific evidences that acupuncture works, but it should only be used as a way to complement the clinical treatment as directed by the physician.
When can acupuncture be used
Acupuncture is a technique that can be used to strengthen your immune system and to treat problems and diseases such as:
- Mouth problems like pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis or pharyngitis;
- Respiratory diseases such as sinusitis, rhinitis, common cold, asthma or bronchitis;
- Ophthalmologic diseases such as conjunctivitis, cataract or myopia in children;
- Neurological problems such as headache or migraine;
- Gastrointestinal problems such as excessive acidity in the stomach, duodenal ulcer, constipation or diarrhea;
- Orthopedic problems such as sciatica, low back pain or rheumatoid arthritis;
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia.
In addition to these problems, acupuncture can also be used in the treatment of diseases and emotional disorders such as anxiety, excessive stress or depression, for example.
Anyone can do acupuncture, even in cases where there is no illness or physical complaints, and this technique can even be done in children, in these cases being recommended the use of laser in children afraid of needles.
Can the needles transmit diseases?
Acupuncture should be done with disposable needles, as their re-use can increase the chances of some diseases such as hepatitis or meningitis, being transmitted.
Therefore, when performing an acupuncture procedure, you must ensure that it is performed by a competent professional, and that it follows the norms that require the use of disposable material.
Types of acupuncture
There are various types of acupuncture, each one treats different problems in the body, some examples are:
1. Ear acupuncture
Ear acupuncture, also known as auriculotherapy, can be used to treat pain, physical or emotional illness and can be performed with or without needles. This technique is done on the ears, and when no needles are used, mustard seeds or other small spheres may be used which are placed in certain points of the ear.
2. Aesthetic Acupuncture
The aim of aesthetic acupuncture is to apply needles in certain points of the body which can improve blood circulation, promote the growth of the supporting cells, combat localized fat and help drain excess fluids.
3. Acupuncture for weight loss
When acupuncture is used for weight loss, it can help in eliminating toxins, excess fluids, and localized fats. In addition, because overweight can be associated with psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, this technique can also be used to treat these problems so that eating is no longer an emotional refuge.
Who can do this type of treatment?
Anyone can do acupuncture, whether you are sick or not. It is indicated even for children, but in children in can be done using a laser, especially if the child is afraid of needles. In addition, acupuncture can also be beneficial during pregnancy as it may help in lessen the hormonal variations that are frequent during this period and can also relieve back pain and discomfort caused by belly weight.
Animals such as dogs or cats can also be treated with acupuncture as may relieve pain, allergies, respiratory tract infections, digestive problems or other diseases, such as rhinitis.
In addition to acupuncture, there are other alternative medicine techniques such as Acupressure, which treat problems and relieve pain.