Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a medical treatment that has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries as well as now around the world. It is used as a Lincoln Acupuncture Project means of treating and preventing disease. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile and clean needles into specific sites ( Acupuncture points) along the bodies meridians to clear energy obstructions and encourage the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the individual.
The typical theory of Acupuncture is based on the storyline that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture corrects fluctuations of flow at identifiable points near the skin. Today, Acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is searched by people whole over the world.
Acupuncture needles are so fine that there is no discomfort when they are inserted but a slight tingle (known as needle sensation) may be experienced. The needles are usually left in for approximately twenty minutes to more; upbeat there may be a heaviness of the limbs and a feeling of relaxation. A chiropractor / practitioner may also stimulate the Acupuncture points using other methods, such as moxibustion (a traditional technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb used to facilitate healing), cupping and electro-stimulation etc. in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
Since Acupuncture and moxibustion Medicine promotes the body’s natural healing ability, many conditions can be treated. It is also a wide system of deterrent health care and maintenance. The effectiveness of Acupuncture is well-documented. Throughout its long history, Acupuncture has established a solid reputation as an excellent alternative for health care that actually works, and is very effective to treat some diseases, where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed.
An Acupuncture medicine doctor should possess adequate knowledge and experience for providing proper treatment to his/her patients. To avoid the unwanted complications in Acupuncture treatment please avoid taking treatment by quack / fake Acupuncturist. There are many around us without proper qualifications. Because inadequate knowledge and experience may lead to serious medical problems.
The world Health Organization acknowledges Acupuncture as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Assessments, the Who has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that were shown through controlled assessments to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:
low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, dental pain, tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, a static correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, stroke, essential hypertension, primary hypotension, renal colic, leucopenia, adverse reactions to rays or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, including hay temperature, biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), good bacillary dysentery, primary dysmenorrhea, good epigastralgia, peptic ulcer, good and chronic gastritis.
In the field of Acupuncture a quality clinical researches have been completed, and there has already been some follow-up assessment of many of the conditions that were treated by Acupuncture Doctors. Some diseases are more successfully treated by Acupuncture and Moxibustion where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed. Though this method of treatment has already been started in our country but due to quite less number of medically qualified Acupuncture doctors available in our country and lack of proper perception about the effective use of this method in some specific diseases, the patients are depriving from the advantages of Acupuncture & Moxibustion treatment.
So, I have made an attempt to provide little information about the effects of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in few diseases. Many of the facts and figures quoted in the following sections are the link between my own experience and clinical assessments carried out in China while others countries.
Diseases of the Muscles, Your bones and Joints:
The muscles, your bones and joints are usually called collectively the musculo-skeletal system. When disease or damage occurs to this system it nearly always results in pain, and most people use words such as rheumatism or arthritis to describe this type of pain.
There are three main types of damage that eventually the musculo-skeletal system; the very first is a sudden injury or sprain which might be a domestic injury, or might be borne during a sporting activity or in a vehicle accident. This usually causes local pain and bruising lasting for a few days, or even a few weeks or more. The other main group is arthritis which will be divided into two important types, Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Sprains: Sudden injury or sprains usually respond well to Acupuncture. The pain resulting from a sprained shoulder, ankle etc will often continue for some days or weeks after the initial injury. Once a clear medical diagnosis has been made Acupuncture can usually provide to relieve this type of pain.
The experience of a many of Acupuncture doctors, shows that, of the people treated for differing acutely painful conditions, about 70 percent obtain hasty and significant treatment. If a fracture of the bone is present then the treatment gained from Acupuncture is less effective than if the injury is due to a strain or tear of the muscles, tendons or ligaments. The main advantage of treating these good pains with Acupuncture is that chronic pain can be avoided. A sudden shoulder injury may produce pain and immobility for many months, sometimes years, but if Acupuncture is used when the pain occurs then it seems that chronic pain may be avoided.
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis and the rheumatic pains that result from this type of joint damage can be a common problem. People frequently complain that their arthritic knee pain is worse in cold or damp weather and this demonstrates quite clearly the origin of the concept of pathogens in traditional medicine. The pathogen in osteoarthritis is actually always cold or damp and therefore these pains should be treated by moxibustion.
A great deal of research work has been done to examine the effects of Acupuncture on the pain caused by osteoarthritis. Clinical assessments have been completed on knee, hip bone, elbow, neck and lower back pain, and the information from these assessments shows that significant treatment may be accomplished in about 70 per cent of those who receive Acupuncture. Some work suggests that only 50 per cent of men and women benefit from Acupuncture while other assessments show 95 per cent of the patients reaping benefits for. Acupuncture also has a ‘magical quality’ that drugs do not have, that makes it difficult to deal with the effects of the ‘magic’ as compared to the real effects of Acupuncture. In spite of these problems, Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment for osteoarthritis.