Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal diseases,
prevent illness and improve well-being. This ancient treatment was first used in
China 4000 years ago. It is a holistic Therapy, and can help a wide variety of conditions.
The practice of acupuncture is based on the theory of meridians. According to this
theory, Qi (vital energy) and blood circulation in the body through a system of channels
called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues. By
stimulating certain points of the body surface reached by meridians through needling,
the flow of Qi and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated. These stimulated
points are called acupoints or acupuncture points.
Acupoints reside along more than a dozen of major meridians. There are 12 pairs of
regular meridians that are systematically distributed over both sides of the body,
and two major extra meridians running along the midlines of the abdomen and back.
Along these meridians more than three hundred acupoints are identified, each having
its own therapeutic action.
In acupuncture clinics, the practitioner first selects appropriate acupoints along
different meridians based on identified health problems. Then very fine and thin
sterilized and disposable needles are inserted into these acupoints. The needles
are made of stainless steel and vary in length from half an inch to 3 inches. The
choice of needle is usually determined by the location of the acupoint and the effects
being sought. If the point is correctly located and the required depth reached, the
patient will usually experience a feeling of soreness, heaviness, numbness and distention.
The manipulator will simultaneously feel that the needle is tightened.
The needles are usually left in acupoints for 15-30 minutes. During the treatment
the needles may be manipulated to achieve the effect of the Qi. Needle manipulations
are generally involved with lifting, thrusting, twisting and rotating, according
to treatment specifications for the health problem. Needling may also be activated
by electrical stimulation, a procedure usually called electro-acupuncture, in which
manipulations are attained through varying frequencies and voltages.
Treatment frequency and duration are a matter of professional judgment of the practitioner,
in the first consultation with the patient. A common course of treatment may initially
involve between 5 to 15 treatments spaced at approximately every week intervals,
and spread out to two weeks or monthly later in a program. It depends on therapeutic
Our practitioner will always remind the patient of the possibility of exacerbation
at the start of a course of treatment. The patients may find that in the short term
after treatment, the symptoms may in fact get worse before an improvement sets in.
This is a quite common feature of acupuncture treatment. In many cases an improvement
will be noticed with in 2-3 treatments. However, the length of treatment will depend
on the problem, your age and other medical factors.
Patients should inquire about types of needles using in the treatment. Our acupuncturists
now use pre-packed and sterilized disposable needles that are only once. And after
the needles have been used, it will be collected by the local authority to destroy.
The result of an acupuncture treatment is strongly dependent on an accurate Chinese
Dr's diagnosis. The acupuncture skills and techniques of the practitioner will also
influence greatly the effectiveness of the outcome. Acupuncture can be remarkably
effective in many diseases, but in the European countries, patients often use acupuncture
as the last option for their long-term chronic problems.
Therefore we sometimes see the treatment as slow and in some cases of marginal benefit.
With the gradual establishment of acupuncture as the treatment of choice for many
people, the effectiveness of the approach with acute as well as with more chronic
conditions is being recognized.