The ancient art of acupuncture originates from China but is now practised in many parts of the world as an alternative therapy.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points to treat various disorders by stimulating the nerve impulses. The needles - usually disposable - vary in length, width and shape of head.
RESTORING THE BALANCE
As the basic premise of acupuncture, Shen Nung, the father of Chinese medicine, theorised over 4000 years ago that the body had an energy force running through it. Illness results when the energy pathways become obstructed or unbalanced. Acupuncture can restore this balance and can successfully treat:
- Lower backache
- Muscle spasms
There are various forms of acupuncture. Two examples are:
This involves conducting small electrical impulses through the acupuncture needles, a method generally used for pain relief or prevention. In China it is a common method of analgesia.
The ear has a rich nerve and blood supply and has many acupuncture points which correspond with many parts and organs of the body. Ear acupuncture can be used to treat:
- Drug addiction