Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine field and, according to the new terminology of the World Health Organization (WHO), an additional method of treatment.
Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese ancient theories about the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through meridians or specific channels covering the body, similarly to nerves, arteries and veins. According to the old theory, Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and out of the areas where excess is located. Thus, Acupuncture regulates and restores the smooth energetic balance of the body.
Acupuncture is the insertion of filiform needles into the body in specific points recognized as effective in the treatment of specific health disorders. WHO distinguishes Acupuncture since 1979 by its effectiveness in at least 43 diseases, such as:
- Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, panic;
- Back pain;
- Muscle aches;
- Arthritis, tendinitis, hernias, and rheumatoid arthritis;
- Stomach pain, gastritis, abdominal pain, hemorrhoids, cramps, diabetes, etc.;
- Infertility, menstrual pain, impotence, premature ejaculation, frigidity, etc.;
- Flu, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, etc.;
- Sequels of A.V.C. (such as stroke), paralysis, hemiplegia, paraplegia, quadriplegia, facial palsy, spinal cord injury sequelae, cerebral palsy, etc.;
- As an addition to cancer treatments – reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy;
- Among others…
Click here to read WHO's official position on Acupuncture.
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