Pain Relief With Needles
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine but the importance of acupuncture in alternative medicine also cannot be ignored. The technique requires needles to be inserted in the skin to provide pain relief. The needles are usually made of stainless steel, to avoid rust and infections. This form of alternative medicine is mainly used to provide pain relief to cancer patients but due to conflicting results from studies conducted, the effectiveness of acupuncture is in question.
It was a very important part of Chinese medicine and is estimated to have originated as early as loo BCE. The early Chinese believed that a life force known as Vi’flowed from all the important organs of the human body and the manipulation of this said life force, was the primary basis of acupuncture.
It was believed that certain pressure points which existed in the body being affected by wind, cold and damp was the main cause of diseases. Modern medicine has disproved the existence of the patterns of energy ‘01, ‘therefore, bringing into question, the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Modem acupuncture has let go of the idea of ‘0i’and other unscientific explanations that were part of explaining how it works. The theory today, remains that acupuncture helps release the body of endorphins and has a very positive affect in reducing pain. There is also an idea that acupuncture needles work as conduits for electricity in electro-acupuncture and relieve the body of any burden. Right now, these are the standing explanations for how acupuncture works, as both these theories have not been debunked.
Acupuncture has quickly evolved over the years to become the most commonly used alternative form of medicine in the world, despite the lack of scientific backing for its effectiveness. The reason for the popularity of acupuncture is simply that it can be effective sometimes, with tangible results and at the same time is a very attractive alternative. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that acupuncture as a medicinal alternative can cause physical issues if it is practiced without proper training.