The Health Benefits of Acupuncture
26th September, 2016
Ever wondered what drug-free pain relief looks like? Well take a look at Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the theory is that an energy force called “qi” flows through the body along an energy network (or conduit) called meridians regulating the functions of the body. Disharmony in the body is thought to be brought about by blockages or disruption to the flow of “qi” through the body. Acupuncture corrects the flow of “qi” in the body by stimulating specific points along the meridians of the body. This is done by inserting fine metal needles along the skin restoring harmony and balance within an individual.
Did you know that in ancient China it was forbidden to dissect a body and the subject of anatomy didn’t exist? This meant that their knowledge of health and disease came from observing living subjects.
It’s generally agreed that Acupuncture originated back in ancient China but how it evolved exactly is uncertain. Chinese history mentions that in the time of the Emperor Shennong, Han Chinese doctors observed that soldiers wounded in battle by arrows would be cured of their chronic complaints without having ever being treated with anything. What we do know exists is a document that records an organised system of diagnosing and treating called The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. This is the first ever written record of acupuncture and dates back to 100 BCE.
In today’s modern life we are in a constant state of “busy-ness” and quick fixes are the easiest way of dealing with common ailments like stress, headaches, back pain or lack of sleep. Like all quick fixes they are only band aid solutions and over time these common ailments may become persistent. Then when problems become unfixable what options do we have?
Acupuncture! Just about everybody is doing it or knows someone who has done it and if you’re not doing it you’ve probably wondered about it. If you’re thinking, “What’s acupuncture good for?” The short answer is ‘’anything you may need help with”.
Acupuncture can work wonders for:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Alleviating digestive problems
- Problems with sleep
- Skin conditions like eczema
- Menstrual irregularities
Acupuncture is gaining acceptance across the wider medical community as more and more people are experiencing the positive benefits. Many physicians in Australia having seen the positive benefits their patients are getting from acupuncture for pain relief, and are taking their own initiative and looking into it further with about one fifth of GP’s in Australia going on to do post-graduate training in acupuncture. A randomised controlled trial using acupuncture in three Melbourne hospitals to alleviate pain from acute migraines, back pain and ankle sprain is now underway. If the results from this trial are positive, then it will certainly open the way for more acceptance and use of acupuncture in other Australian hospitals.
But the idea of needles has scared you off? Ok you may feel a slight pinch initially or a tingling as the needle takes effect but if you’re suffering aches and pains on a daily basis, then the slight pinch of a hair-thin needle is a small price to pay for relief from those aches and pains. And it has such lovely side-effects too, like a good night’s sleep. You have to take the right dose for it to work. If the issue you’re seeking acupuncture for has been bothering you for some time, then more than likely you will need to have more than one treatment. Acupuncture works cumulatively, this means that with each treatment the effect gets better.
So, if drug-free pain relief is something you’ve been looking for then give acupuncture a try.
For more information or finding a practitioner visit the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association LTD website: www.acupuncture.org.au