What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine (TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine) that has developed over a long period of time. It is based on the idea that our body is traversed by energy channels (meridians) in which the life energy ""qi"" (pronounced ""chi"") flows. The name acupuncture comes from the Latin: ""acus"" means the needle and ""punctio"" means the sting.
If the harmonic flow of energy is disturbed, in the view of Far Eastern teachings, the functions of the body become unbalanced and diseases can arise. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, the energy flow is restored.
What happens with acupuncture treatment?Acupuncture treatment starts with an exhaustive first-patient history that can take an hour or more. It is based on questioning, viewing, listening and smelling, touching and a detailed pulse and tongue diagnosis. Through the extensive investigation, a TCM therapist attempts to classify the individual's health disorder and create a tailor-made treatment plan.
Next, he or she ""stimulates"" certain points on the energy lanes using fine needles. The patient can relax on a couch. After the needles have been set, they will stay put for about 20-30 minutes. The goal is to restore the balance of Qi and thus promote good health.
In Germany almost exclusively disposable sterile needles are used. They are mostly made of stainless steel and have a diameter of 0, 2 to 0, 4 millimeters. An acupuncture treatment series should consist of at least six to ten individual sessions. For each treatment, up to 16 needles are placed.
Does acupuncture hurt and does it have side effects?Setting the needles does not hurt or only a little bit. At the needled points, however, the so-called ""De Qi"" - or energy feeling can be triggered, which can be tingling, heat, numbness or heaviness. That is quite desirable and indicates that the right point has been hit. The majority of patients report a mental relaxation, sometimes also fatigue during acupuncture. Other side effects are extremely rare.
How serious are TCM and acupuncture?Far Eastern hocus-pocus? Traditional Chinese medicine has long lost this reputation. This is especially true for the most popular TCM discipline in this country, acupuncture.Around 50,000 doctors and naturopaths offer the alternative healing method in their practices. The majority of pain clinics have integrated acupuncture into their therapy spectrum.
The needle method has also found its place on the maternity wards. It relieves labor and facilitates the birth. In the meantime, there is even a chair for TCM at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. In Essen and Berlin, university chairs for complementary medicine have been set up, where scientists are reviewing the effectiveness of alternative methods such as TCM. What has inventory will be integrated into the standard treatment. This creates effective therapies with few side effects. The clear separation between alternative and conventional medicine has been abolished.
How does science explain the effects of acupuncture? Numerous investigations in the Western understanding of science have attempted to explain the observed effects of acupuncture. Interesting physiological changes were detected, including the release of messenger substances of the central nervous system and the activation of nerve pathways that inhibit pain transmission. Acupuncture also improves the circulation of the uterine vessels and inhibits the tendency of the uterine muscles to contract.In what diseases does acupuncture help?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined over 40 diseases where acupuncture can be used. Proven relief provides the setting of the needles, inter alia, in knee arthrosis, back pain, migraine, nausea and vomiting, acute toothache, sleep disorders, the tennis elbow or gynecological diseases. In case of nerve pain, allergies, respiratory diseases and gastrointestinal complaints probably also improvements of the general condition can be achieved.How do I find a good acupuncturist?
Acupuncture therapists should belong to a professional association that guarantees quality assurance in education and treatment. Several professional associations have launched the campaign ""Quality Initiative Acupuncture"". They campaign for a nationwide quality seal for acupuncturists. It is awarded only to doctors and naturopaths who have a high quality education and experience. Addresses of reputable acupuncturists offer www. acupuncture-date. de, www. AGTCM. de and www. DÄGfA. de.What does acupuncture cost?
Acupuncture treatment costs around € 30 to € 70 per session depending on treatment duration and effort. The cost of the first patient history can amount to 150 euros. At cash costs, there is acupuncture only in knee osteoarthritis and chronic back pain. With the appropriate tariff, private health insurance and supplementary insurance cover the costs of treatment for the doctor or alternative practitioner.sources
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