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Acupuncture Overview


Acupuncture – a 5000 year old medicine

Acupuncture has been used for nearly 5000 years, and is one of the most popular and effective tools that Chinese medicine has to offer.

According to Chinese medicine, the energy of our body flows in channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians each linked with an internal organ. Along these meridians there are many acupuncture points, each point responding differently when needled during a treatment session. Whereas using one needle to activate one point, sending out one message to the body; using a combination of points achieves a different result. This is why it is so important to have an accurate diagnosis, allowing the practitioner to determine which point or combination of points would be the best for the patient.

Acupuncture – in sickness and in health…

In ancient China, doctors were paid as long as they kept their patients healthy using acupuncture and herbs; this meant that if a person became ill, the doctor had failed in their job. Nowadays, people are used to going to the doctor only when a problem arises…

There are many symptoms, disorders and diseases in which acupuncture has shown great improvement. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized this treatment method to be effective through clinical trials for induction of labor, sciatica, biliary colic, depression, nausea and vomiting, renal colic, tennis elbow, neck pain, sprain, stroke, knee pain, lower back pain, morning sickness, headache and allergic rhinitis. WHO has also recognized that it has been shown that acupuncturehas a therapeutic effect in cases such as fertility, asthma, fibromyalgia, insomnia, herpes zoster, osteoarthritis, recurrent lower, urinary tract infection, premenstrual syndrome and obesity.

True or false – does Acupuncture hurt?

if you are fearful of acupuncture, try comparing the size of these gentle thin needles, versus the needles used for injections…

The most truthful answer would be to say: it depends! Acupuncture might be pain-free, or it may lead to a variety of different sensations of “qi”, which is another word for the body’s energy. So… on what does it depend? It depends on the practitioner, on the patient, on the different acupuncture points, the body’s temperature, and even the day of the month… Practitioner - Some practitioners believe in “no pain – no gain”, and therefore use needle manipulations that achieve stronger sensations of qi, while others believe that qi is more superficial and use a very gentle technique. At Lokahi, we generally err towards a more gentle technique, unless otherwise indicated. Patient - Some patients are much more sensitive than others, exactly like in tickling… Acupuncture points - some points are located in more sensitive areas, while others, like the ones in the stomach area, are hardly noticed when needled. Body temperature - When we are running a fever, our whole body is much more sensitive, heightening our sensitivity to needles. Day of the month – when a woman is menstruating, she is more sensitive to needling than on any other day…