Even though medicine has moved ahead at a staggering speed, traditional methods with a millenary background are still around as important alternatives to Western medicine. Moreover, some of them have been adopted scientifically and have been found to be beneficial in many health problems, as it happens with acupuncture.
Today we live in a stressful world that’s continuously becoming more complex and convoluted. Traffic jams and crowded cities make it difficult to breathe, and working hours are becoming harsh instead of turning more relaxed and comfortable due to our current use of technology. That’s why many people are turning back to the ancient roots of medicine, and achieve significant improvement of various ailments by using aromatherapy, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and acupuncture.
Chinese medicine is one of the most remarkable healing techniques nowadays, and since it is non-invasive and does not require introducing chemicals in our bodies, most people accept them as alternative medicine, even in cases of late-stage cancer and terminal disease.
What is acupuncture?Acupuncture is a popular technique in Chinese medicine. It is a drug-free therapy that’s becoming a trend worldwide. You can find acupuncture specialists in almost every country you can visit, and different techniques can be applied for various health conditions. Not all of them are effective according to science, or the scientific data is insufficient or low-quality in some cases. But in the case of anxiety, stress, depression, and other problems associated with the central nervous system, acupuncture stands as a fascinating approach to treat various diseases without the need for expensive medications.
Variants of acupunctureAcupuncture is one branch of Chinese medicine, but there are other variants in different Asian countries, especially Korea and Japan. They share a similar foundation, which is energy flow throughout the body and fixing energy stagnation by using trigger points, but they are different in their methods and theories. Some of them use needles, others only apply pressure, and others use other types of stimulation. For example:
Modern forms of acupuncture
There are many modern applications of acupuncture, including laser needle acupuncture and electroacupuncture, which uses laser technology and small electrical currents applied to the patient as a complementary part of the treatment. Both traditional and modern techniques are now readily applied in many hospitals as a cost-effective therapy to improve chronic pain, treat cases of post-traumatic stress disorders, and aid in the treatment of anxiety and other psychiatric conditions.
An overview of how acupuncture worksThere are over 300 points to choose from in acupuncture therapy. So, how do you select acupuncture points? There are diverging schools of Chinese medicine, but most of them follow three basic steps:
According to various studies, acupuncture promotes relaxation and soothing in patients who are susceptible to chronic sources of stress, and according to an article that compared different acupuncture, they change the way the brain works, and the electroencephalographic readings start to resemble that of people sedated with general anesthesia. Thus, Chinese medicine is one of the most acclaimed drug-free therapies, and it has been accepted by many health professionals worldwide. They are cost-effective, do not have any significant side effects, and have proven to be beneficial in many patients and several types of disease.