Today’s society is very much more open to unconventional ways of healing the body. In fact, many believe that the various physical ailments experienced by the body are actually a manifestation of some internal imbalance or impropriety. In line with this belief is the conviction that all will be well on the tangible, physical if all is well on a spiritual level.
Acupuncture is one of the less conventional methods of healing the body. It is believed to have begun from China and is commonly found as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is practiced the world over. Acupuncture is the technique of inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain, tightness or discomfort. Even when none of the above is experienced, acupuncture may still be done on the body for therapeutic reasons.
Acupuncture believes that the body’s intrinsic energy, also known as the “qi” or “chi” must be in perfect harmony with each other and the flow of the universe. When one overshadows the other, remains stagnant or flows in opposing streams, an imbalance occurs and the body will manifest this in various ways – joint pains, muscle tightness, breathing discomfort and so on and so forth. In severe cases, blood clots or numbness may even result.
Diagnosis of the particular physical ailment done acupuncture-style includes a close inspection and translation of the more common body parts. These include checking the tongue, breath and body odor, listening to the breathing regularity and enquiry on symptoms (like fever and chills). Specific palpation on certain parts of the body will also need to be done to “listen” to the reaction of the body in response.
Once all these have been done, the acupuncturist will then make a diagnosis and suggest acupuncture treatment. Treatment can be general or localized – normally, a general acupuncture therapy is recommended as acupuncturists believe that recapturing the harmony within the body needs the involvement of the whole and not just one part. Localized acupuncture can be done, however, to relieve the immediate pain and tightness in one specific part of the body, like the calf, fore arm or back.
To regain the body’s well-being, balance must be brought back. To achieve this, fine, longish needles will be inserted along the path in which the “qi” is believed to flow. This is believed to encourage the correct flow of the “qi” in alignment with the energies of the universe, and to flow in harmony even within itself. While this may sound simple in theory, it may take more than just one session of acupuncture to “correct” this flow, depending on how serious the body ailment is.
The premise of acupuncture is that once this flow is corrected, the body can then take over its own natural healing process. Natural healing of physical ailments is preferred in acupuncture as the traditional practice trusts that the less intrusive the healing method, the healthier and stronger the body will be.
Acupuncture is performed along the paths of organs that contribute to the main functions of the body. This includes but is not confined to the heart, lungs, liver, bladder and kidney. It is thought that once these main bodily functions are righted, the body will perform at its optimal best.
However, there is no tangible study or proof that acupuncture works. On the other hand, there is no proof that it does not. Aside from some physical symptoms declining, the effectiveness of acupuncture still has not been well-documented enough to show its efficacy as a medicine. Until today, the practice and belief of acupuncture as a medical skill is still viewed with some amount of skepticism. Even for the most liberal of scientists, the furthest the medical world will go to endorse acupuncture is to say that it is effective for specific medical ailments only.
One matter that both acupuncturists and modern medical practitioners do agree on is that acupuncture is safe as long as it is done by well-trained acupuncturists who have been taught the correct methods by skilled, experienced acupuncturists with proven track records. And with the AIDS virus and awareness of the ease with which contagious diseases can spread, needles used in acupuncture will have to be sterilized thoroughly and correctly.
While the art, skill, technique and belief of acupuncture remains standard, there are different types of acupuncture being practiced today – variations of which exist in Asian countries like Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tibetan.
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