Acupuncture is the method of treatment based on influencing the body by inserting needles in the specific points of human body, called acupoints.
The name originates from Latin and literally means “inserting needles” – Latin “acus” – needle, and “punctura” – to needle.
The Chinese word for acupuncture is 针灸, ZhenJiu. This word consists of two characters, which- before the reorganization of Chinese writing- looked like as follows: 針灸 and mean, respectively: metal needle and heating, or cauterization using mugwort wormwood (Latin: artemisia vulgaris). The name itself indicates that not only needles are utilized in acupuncture for stimulation of acupoints.
A natural therapy that is reported to have several major benefits: targeting disease prevention, it treats both the symptoms and the cause of disease, it offers a holistic approach that links body, mind and spirit, and it effectively treats many common ailments, as well as provide drug-free pain relief. Acupuncture is a transformative medicine, which enables profound healing and changes within. During last fifty years it has gained a lot of attention and respect in Western countries due to its unique effectiveness and safety.
The origins of classical Far Eastern and Oriental Medicine can be traced back thousands of years to the development of eight modalities or branches of the ancient healing arts.
These include Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Massage, Dietary therapy, Exercise, Herbs, Feng Shui, and Astrology. Practitioners qualified in the Oriental Health Sciences are able to demonstrate skill in each of them, as well as devise strategies and treatment plans aimed at recovering wholistic equilibrium, which lead to health and happiness.
Conditions and Targeted include:
- Pain & trauma
- Inflammation and Immunity
- Circulation problems
- Hayfever and sinusitis
- Bell’s palsy
- Digestive complaints
- Headaches and migraines
- Gynaecological concerns
- Anxiety and Depression
- Pregnancy & post natal concerns
- Skin conditions
- Poor memory
- Easy bruising
- Reflux & heartburn
- Plantar fasciitis
- Coughs and colds
Scientific knowledge concerning acupuncture has constantly been developed by the researches worldwide. Research methods have constantly been discussed and adopted to new findings. More and more rigorous, randomized, supervised clinical researches proves the effectiveness of acupuncture in consecutive indications, and experiments in the scope of basic tests provide more and more pieces of evidence for the impact of acupuncture on various body functions, revealing the molecular bases of acupuncture activity. Furthermore, economic analyses, necessary from the point of view of managing contemporary healthcare systems, prove the economic legitimacy of this extraordinary method.