Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing," the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points. The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
Acupuncture involves stimulating. In the past 40 years acupuncture has become a well-known, reasonably available treatment in developed and developing countries. Acupuncture is used to regulate or correct the flow of qi to restore health.
Acupuncture has been used for treatment of multiple diseases and musculoskeletal conditions for thousands of years. The acupuncture treatment involves inserting needles into acu-points of the body.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture can treat more than 120 common diseases and conditions. A partial list that might be suitable for acupuncture treatment follows:
• Cervical Spondylopathy
• Shoulder Pain
• Lower Back Pain
• Knee Pain, Heel Pain
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Facial Paralysis
• Meniere’s Syndrome
• Urinary Incontinence
• Hyperemesis Gravidarum
In addition, acupuncture can enhance other forms of treatment, speed recovery after surgery, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and improve emotional stability.
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