acupuncture is one of several ancient Chinese medical procedures. It is believed to help relieve pain and treat diseases by restoring the normal flow of energy through the body.
A typical acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to elicit a healing response. The sterilised and disposable needles are so thin that most people feel nothing more than a slight tingling sensation when they are inserted.
The acupuncture points are mostly located along the meridian through which Qi flows. acupuncturemoves this energy by techniques of ascending, descending, reinforcing, reducing, warming and clearing to create the desired response.
Each treatment lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Heat stimulation and cupping used together with the needles improves the efficacy of healing.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient depending on their health conditions. Some symptoms may be relieved after the first treatment, while others may take 10 to 20 treatments. In general, a disorder such as having an ongoing pain for many years requires two to three treatments a week for the first few weeks. Gradually, the frequency can be reduced to once or twice a month.
Acupuncture Therapy is used for treatment of below conditions:
Allergies, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, bladder and kidney problems, breast enlargement, bronchitis, colds, constipation, cosmetics, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, drug addiction (cocaine, heroin), epilepsy, fatigue, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, flu, gynecologic disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, hot flushes, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, nausea, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), pain, paralysis, post traumatic stress disorder, PMS, sciatica, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, smoking, stress, stroke, tendonitis, vision problems, and any pain condition.
Is acupuncture safe?
As acupuncture needles penetrate the skin, they are regarded as invasive procedures, and therefore not without risk. Injuries are rare among patients treated by trained practitioners. Xin Hua uses sterile needles that are disposable and used only once.
Regarding the relative safety of acupuncture as compared with other treatments, the diverse side effects of acupuncture are extremely low and often lower than conventional treatments.
The incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition. For example, musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and tennis elbow are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial. These painful conditions are often treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen) or with steroid injections. Both medical interventions have a potential for deleterious side effects but are still widely used and are considered acceptable treatments.
Researchers have identified several physiological mechanisms to explain the effects of acupuncture.
acupuncture stimulates electromagnetic signals in the body, which are relayed at a greater rate than normal. Some of these signals activate the flow of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins, while others mobilise immune system cells to specific sites that are injured or vulnerable to diseases.
It was found that placing needles at certain acupuncture points also activates opioids in the brain that relieve pain and promote sleep.
In addition, acupuncture also promotes the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that affect the organ systems in beneficial ways. Some of these chemicals help boost the immune system. Others help to regulate basic metabolic functions such as blood pressure, blood flow, body temperature and blood sugar levels.