Acupuncture is one form of traditional Chinese medicine that is widely used throughout the world.

Acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine generally, is based on a complex theory of body functioning that involves a flow of energy, or ”qi,” through 14 main pathways, or ”meridians,” in the body. There is also a balance of opposites known as ”yin” and ”yang.” According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease states are thought to be a consequence of disrupted energy flow and/or imbalances.

 Acupuncture refers to a group of procedures that involve stimulating specific locations on the skin. Most often, this involves the insertion of thin, solid, metallic needles into points on the body’s ”meridians”. It is believed that this alters the flow of energy and thereby produces improvement. There are approximately 400 acupuncture points, but usually only four to twelve points are used in a single session.

Other methods for stimulating the skin are also used. The acupuncture points can be stimulated by:

*    Finger pressure, which is known as acupressure or, in Japan, shiatsu

*    Small heated cups placed on the points (” cupping”)

*    Electroacupuncture, which uses electrically stimulated needles

 At Masood Hospital we have a homeopathic doctor qualified and trained in acupuncture for providing services. Acupuncture is generally used in treatment of allergy and asthma, headaches, back pain and musculoskeletal problems. It is considered useful in neuro psychiatric problems like anxiety, depression, insomnia and even control of addictions. Its practitioner also claims it to be beneficial as an adjuvant treatment for conditions like high blood pressure, indigestion, constipation, sexual dysfunction and even post-operative recovery and palliative care.

 Obviously, acupuncture is not a form of treatment currently endorsed or fully appreciated by allopathic medicine and is therefore classified as alternative medicine.

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