Acupuncture, the Chinese philosophy of health and healing, believes that it is the energy flow in every living being that is responsible for a healthy life. Among sick and ailing people, the energy flow is obstructed or imbalanced. Acupuncture is the best method to cure diseases, as it can remove such obstructions and when the energy flow is restored, the person regains health.
Allergic Rhinitis and Sinusitis
Allergic Rhinitis is triggered due to allergy and pollutants, and involves bouts of sneezing. The bodyâ€™s immunity is compromised. However, when this condition gets chronic, phlegm gets accumulated in the sinuses located on forehead and under the eyes. This condition, known as sinusitis, can cause severe headaches. Acupuncture can be an effective treatment method for this condition, as there are specific acupuncture points, which, when stimulated, increases the bodyâ€™s immunity, relieving symptoms associated with the disease.
This is a condition wherein, the patient suffers from wheezing and breathlessness, accompanied by cough and phlegm. It can effectively improve the body immunity and relieve episodes of wheezing. However, complete recovery may be dependent on duration and extent of illness.
This is a relatively common problem in people working on computers for long time. The narrowing gap in a particular portion of the vertebrae causes severe neck pain, which radiates to arms and shoulders. To begin with, the patient is given daily treatment, followed by treatment once a week.
In fact, an international study by American, Canadian, South American, European and Australian researchers indicated that those who received Acupuncture treatments for neck pain, showed greater improvements than those who were treated with massage or sham laser.
A recent New York study also indicated significant reduction in the unpleasant negative effects associated with treatment for head and neck cancer patients, among patients who received Acupuncture treatment.
Anxiety and depression
Acupuncture is an effective way of treating psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. It stimulates certain specific points in the body, rendering a sedating and relaxing effect on the body, by stimulating release of certain chemical substances from the brain that otherwise hinders the normal functioning of the body. It has been found that acupuncture has helped reduce the dosage of drugs used in treating depression, and has gradually helped in even stopping the use of drugs, when the patient recovers completely. Acupuncture is also best choice of treatment for patients with insomnia.
Acupuncture has also been found effective in tackling several problems encountered by women.
Menstruation and menopausal problems
Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving Dysmenorrhoea, the lower abdomen and back pain experienced by women before or during menstruation every month. Acupuncture can be started a week before the date of periods, and continued till the end of menstruation. The treatment is given for two to three menstrual cycles.
Acupuncture also helps in dealing with hormonal changes before menstruation, which leads to annoying symptoms such as anger outbursts, mood swings, water retention and swelling, pain in the breasts, and mid-cycle ovulation pain.
Similarly, acupuncture or acu laser is considered good for Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases, which leads to pelvic pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation. The therapy involves giving heat treatment with Chinese herbs on acupuncture points.
Issues related to menopause such as irregular menses, hot flushes, depression, are all successfully treated with a combination of acupuncture and colour therapy. It is said that violet colour at scalp acupuncture points reduces hot flushes.
Acupuncture can form an effective part of infertility treatment. After ruling out any structural abnormalities in the reproductive organs, the couples are treated simultaneously for a couple of months on acupuncture. Low sperm count can be effectively tacked through acupuncture. Acupuncture is also said to improve frigidity and sexual performance. In fact, there have been studies indicating that acupuncture can boost success rate of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment by 65 percent.