Acupuncture- What is Acupuncture?
How did it start?
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese tradition of curing diseases by using certain 'trigger points' in the body. Modern acupuncture has evolved to use special needles. But do you know how it started?
It started out as a trial and error method. The ancient Chinese even practiced this art on animals!
Then came along the famous yellow Emperor who made acupuncture famous and practiced it routinely and even wrote about it in his canonical text.All this happened in 1st century BC.
Acupuncture- The Art
The ancient Chinese discovered something very important.Just like the Hindu philosophy - realization of inner self etc; the Chinese people discovered that they could heal the body quickly through pressing some trigger points.This knowledge was probably passed down from generation to generation, and throughout 1000, 2000, 5000 years, this knowledge base grew to form Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Off course they lacked the scientific backup given the limited facilities back then.Since then Acupuncture has achieved such a mercurial rise, demanding a respectful hearing in this modern world.
Acupuncture - The science behind
Acupuncture as mentioned before triggers some key points in our body.As to tell exactly how many such key point exists is a matter of debate. The traditional book mentions many, but in routine practice there are about 360 points. Stimulating these points have three effects
1.Increases release of Endorphins, Dynorphins, Kefaleins.
2.Elevates Serotonin levels at selective regions in the brain.
3.Depresses CCK (cholecystokinin) levels.
The next question in your mind would be
'WHAT ARE THESE SUBSTANCES?'
Well endorphins, dynorphins etc belong to the endogenous pain relieving system. They are Opioid, much similar to the substance like morphine (used to treat cancer pain in terminally ill; or the drugs which drug addicts take to get high).
I'll tell you with an example for you to understand easily.
Imagine if you were playing cricket, football anything and you suddenly get hurt at an important crucial stage of the game. Haven't you experienced that you can usually go on for some more time before you stop. It is only when you stop and relax that you will start feeling the pain. Now how is that possible?
It is the role of endorphins! They suppress the pain, in these conditions.
So the same mechanism is utilized in a healthy way in contrast to abusing morphine for pain.
Serotonin play's an important role in elevating mood. Many psychiatric disorders result due to decrease in serotonin levels.
Cholecystokinin is not only the gut peptide which stimulates gall bladder to contract, but it is an important constituent of the brain gut peptides!
CCK plays an antagonistic role to endorphins and serotonin.
It is seen that Acupuncture tilts the balance in favor of Endorphins, hence helps in alleviating pain. Hence it's major use in Management of pain!
In my next article, I'll talk about the myths, misconceptions and the exact position of acupuncture in our society.
See my other article Back pain- The first thing to do and Back Pain - the 3 most Effective At Home Treatment's That Can Cure any Back pain for better management of Back pain
|Author: Bhakti Savla 20 May 2010||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
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|Author: Bharathraj Kidambi 20 May 2010||Member Level: Silver Points : 1|
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|Author: Bharathraj Kidambi 22 May 2010||Member Level: Silver Points : 2|
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|Author: suresh 25 May 2010||Member Level: Silver Points : 2|
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles to our body for improving our health. According to research acupuncture reduces nausea and vomitting after surgery.Acupuncture has been used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine, and sports injuries. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, abdominal, menstrual cramps, weight control, infertility and much more.
|Author: Bharathraj Kidambi 25 May 2010||Member Level: Silver Points : 2|
|Yes it does Mr.Suresh acupuncture can be used for a variety of disorders apart from back pain. |
See my other articles on management of back pain and acupuncture.
1. Back pain- The first thing to do
2.Back Pain - the 3 most Effective At Home Treatment's That Can Cure any Back pain
3.Acupuncture- Really? I thought you were joking!