|How recognized is acupuncture as an acceptable alternative to other known forms of cures?|
Acupuncture has been recognised as an alternative form of medicine by the World Health Organisation. But allopathic doctors have yet to regard it as an acceptable alternative.
|What is the philosophy behind acupuncture?|
According to the philosophy of acupuncture, the body has a particular energy flow. When the flow of energy has been disrupted for some reason, illness results.
|What can acupuncture do for you?|
Acupuncture can help relieve pain. It can also help in treating most gynaecological disorders, ulcers, tumours etc. For best results, acupuncture must be combined with allopathy, homeopathy or some other system of medicine. It must be remembered that the level of effectiveness of the treatment depends on the stage of the illness and the patient's response to the treatment.
|Is there any age group that cannot be treated by acupuncture?|
Acupuncture is not advisable for infants and very old people because of their low pain-tolerance. Pregnant women too are advised against going in for acupuncture
|How does acupuncture work?|
Acupuncture is simply the science of energising your body without the use of any medicine. The body is supposed to have 14 meridians running through it. There are countless points running across all these meridians. Treatment consists of stimulating these points by means of pressure or puncturing. It is believed that the body has built-in painkillers called endorphins. When the particular points are pressed, the endorphins are released and the patient feels better. Positive energy may be used to stimulate a particular organ while negative energy would sedate the organ. Stimulating a particular point brings in a particular benefit. That is why it is necessary to know exactly where the pain is, so that the right point can be stimulated.
|What does the acupuncture equipment consist of?|
Thin needles that are inserted at the particular points requiring stimulation. The needles used in Su-Jok therapy are even smaller.
|What is Su-Jok therapy? Is it very painful and how long does the treatment take?|
Su-Jok is a form of acupuncture in which the palm and foot represent the various points on the body. This treatment gives simple stimuli to the points in the hands or feet corresponding to the affected body parts. It differs from the usual system in its treatment of the corresponding point on the palm and foot, instead of treating the actual point on the body. The pain felt is just that of a pinprick. The duration of the treatment depends on the nature of the illness and how long the patient takes to respond to it.
|What are the advantages and disadvantages of acupuncture?|
One must be careful to consult a qualified practitioner. If the needles are inserted into the wrong point by mistake, it can result in a blood vessel being ruptured. Bleeding could result in other complications that might prove fatal. Therefore, it is important to get oneself treated by a qualified doctor. One must also make sure that the needles are thrown away after use. An infected needle could expose the patient to other diseases.
On the other hand, acupuncture may be preferred, as it does not require one to be admitted into a hospital. The treatment is also far more affordable, as compared to conventional medicine. For best results, acupuncture must be combined with homeopathy, allopathy etc.