Acupuncture is the oldest system of medicine that is still in use today. It is an Ancient art of healing originating from China that aims to treat the patient rather then the disease. This form of treatment involves the use of fine needles needling points along specific meridians around the body to bring about balance. Acupuncture restores homeostasis in the body and is highly effective in treating an array of conditions such as neurological, musculoskeletal, circulatory, stress related, women health, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, disorders of the mouth and eyes.
Who can receive Acupuncture Treatment?
There is no particular age limit for patients. Pregnant women can also be treated using special precautions in the choice of points. Therefore it is essential to inform the practitioner in case of pregnancy. Women can also be treated during menstrual periods, but it would be useful to inform the practitioner as this may account for observed changes in the pulse.
How many treatment do I need?
In general, the older the illness the longer it takes to cure, thus patient should not expect a “miracle”. Since every person is treated as a unique individual, it is not possible to forecast exactly the duration of the treatment. This depends on the reaction to the treatments itself, as it varies from each individual person and their energy level.
What should one do or not do before or after treatment.
Since the treatment changes the state of the energy of the body and affects nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and muscles, it is best to avoid heavy physical work or excessive excitement or stress (alcohol, tobacco and coffee) after treatment at least for one day. It is also prudent not to have acupuncture on a full or empty stomach, and not to have a bath two hours after treatment.
What reaction should one expect?
There can be many different kinds or reaction, but generally they can be divided into two broad categories:
- There may be a slow progressive improvement
- There may be an initial worsening of the symptoms for a short period, followed by a marked improvement. This is quite normal and should not cause any alarm.
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