As we all know that the human civilization has evolved from the species called homo sapiens, who lived very close to the nature just like any other wild animal in the forest. Throughout the process of evolution, man has evolved as a super creature and as the civilization passed by, man became more and more civilized and started moving away from nature exploiting its resources. Man has always used his brains towards the betterment of his life, livelihood and well-being.
The ancient man relied on nature for all his needs and fulfilled all his requisites. Nature too provided him the cure for the trouble and pain he experienced. At times when man was sick or wounded, nature provided him the cure by means of leaves or resins of a particular tree or plant.
As the civilization passed by with so many revolutions witnessed by the earlier civilizations, man lost track of many natural resources, therapies and medicines that could work as wonder medicines to cure diseases of the present century.
Once such ancient therapy is Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a system of treatment of diseases, which had been practiced in china for nearly 5000 years. It consists of a rapid insertion of steel needles, about 6cm long on particular spots on the body of the patient. After inserting the needle, the doctor twirls the needle between his thumb and fore fingers and small amount of electricity is passed through such needles. The Chinese explanation for this is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues and blood flow. Nervous pulses too follow meridians to run through the body to various parts, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockages or deficiencies of energy, blood and nervous pulses would eventually lead to disease.
The meridians can be stimulated and influenced by needling the precise acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction, and reestablish the regular flow through the medians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve body functioning.
Although China is considered to be the country where Acupuncture treatment originated, anthropologists had reported some form of treatment that resembles acupuncture from other parts of the world. Long ago, ancient tribes used stones and arrows to prick the skin. In another form of treatment, the skin on a particular part of the body was burned to cure certain diseases. Whether these kinds of treatments can be variably classed with acupuncture can been known only with further research in this direction.
For quite long, Acupuncture was dismissed by the west as a form of superstition. But in the 1960’s, acupuncture came to the notice of western scientists who voiced it with curiosity. Doctors from Europe went to China to make a first hand study of this strong form of treatment. They were condensed by the facts and what they saw, that acupuncture worked not only on physiological systems of the body and were cured, but even operations were performed after administering anesthesia by acupuncture, the patient undergoing such an operation could see and know what was being done, but felt no pain, after the operation he could get up and walk away. Doctors in other parts of the world took acupuncture seriously and some of them trained themselves and set-up practice in their country.
American practices of acupuncture use medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other countries. In the United States, the best-known type involves putting hair-thin, metallic needles into skin.
Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the electromagnetic fields in the body and the channels or meridians. So, this electrical theory of acupuncture suggests that acupuncture works by influencing the body’s electromagnetic fields. Acupuncture points have certain electrical properties, and stimulating these points alters chemical neurotransmitters in the body.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the immune system. It has effects on the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric acid, and production of red and white cells. It also stimulates the release of a variety of hormones that help the body to respond to injury and stress.
The efficacy of acupuncture treatment tremendously differs from one practitioner to another this entirely depends on the knowledge and clinical experience of the acupuncturist, therefore, there is no universal formula of points selection and stimulation techniques that can be used for a particular disease.
If acupuncture can work such wonders, why not we choose this therapy and get ourselves cured in the natural way rather than abusing the body with all those chemical drugs that cause harm to the body?