Acupuncture: An Overview

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that is continuously gaining popularity today. It has been practiced for many years now and it's a proven system that promotes health and wellness. Using the body's internal energy, acupuncture corrects the flow deprances in the body by identifying points in the skin.

What art the side effects?

Although acupuncture is an effective treatment, there have been various reports that there are a few side effects to it. But mostly, these side effects are not actually caused by the system itself but by the poor execution of the acupuncturist. When the person lacks training, then there could be side effects.

For one, an incidental puncture specifically in the lung. This is a serious injury caused by acupuncture. Although incidental, it could cause the lung to collapse partially. This condition is referred to as pneumothorax. Infection is a common side effect too – hepatitis a common one. This infection could cause problems to the liver.

What are the conditions treated?

· Neurological conditions – headache or migraine, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, noise in the ear or other form of deafness, nervous tension, paralysis, stroke, peripheral neuropathy and neuralgia.

· Psychological conditions – paranoia, depression, anxiety, emotional disorder, tension and addictions.

· Cardiovascular conditions – high blood pressure, chest discomfort, poor circulation, muscle contractions, cold feet and low blood pressure.

· Sports injuries – muscle torn, sprained ankle, cartilage problem and contusions.

· Respiratory conditions – asthma, acute bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, chronic cough, sore throat and common cold.

· Musculoskeletal conditions – lower back pain, gout, arthritis, neck pain, sciatica and osteoarthritis.

· Digestive system conditions – gastric ulcer, constipation, gall bladder disorder, flatulence, heartburn, ileus and diarrhea.

· Eye conditions – watery eyes, cataract, conjunctivitis, and myopia.

· Urogenital conditions – kidney disorder, prostatitis and bladder dysfunction.

· Skin conditions – dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, scar tissue, eczema, hair loss and nerve rash.

How does it work?

Acupuncture effects the Qi, or the human body's energy. It is used to treat imbalances and disorders. It treats the symptoms and the underlying problem. There are different mechanisms applied for acupuncture, but all of these are effective.

Acupuncture stimulates blood flow. This is a very important mechanism that helps heal the blood. It also reduces the intensity of chronic pain. Whenever there is injury, acupuncture heals them as well as the tissues surrounding it. It also eases shortened muscles; another way to promote blood flow. Acupuncture is also known to reduce stress. This is one of the most important effects of acupuncture.