Acupuncture is a treatment form which involves implanting our body with thin needles to certain depths to stimulate certain regions of our body. Ancient Chinese medicine says that illness is caused due to the imbalance in life forces called “Qi” pronounced as Chi. These life forces or Qi, flowing through our body through meridians or pathways. So are these meridians or pathways, actually the acupuncture points? Not really. We present you more about Acupuncture points in this article.
More about the Meridians or Pathways
In our body, there are 12 primary meridians and eight extra ordinary meridians. It has to be understood that these meridians are not interconnected with any ducts or strands and so the flow of these meridians are not similar to that of the nervous system or circulatory system.
The Types of Meridians
There are 12 primary meridians in our body according to Acupuncture. They are Lung meridian, Large intestine meridian, Stomach meridian, Spleen meridian, Heart meridian, Small intestine meridian, Bladder meridian, Kidney meridian, Pericardium meridian, Triple energizer, Gallbladder meridian, Liver meridian.
Apart from the 12 primary meridians, there are also 8 extra ordinary meridians, namely, Governing Vessel, Conception Vessel, Thrusting Vessel, Belt Vessel, Yin Heel Vessel, Yang Heel Vessel, Yin Link Vessel, and Yang Link Vessel.
Accessing Acupuncture Points
The primary meridians and extraordinary meridians can be accessed through about 350-400 acupuncture points. These acupuncture points are anatomically defined regions on the skin which are relative to some certain marked regions of our body. The acupuncture points of our body are detected by electrodermal measurements.
Inserting needles into these acupuncture points with the appropriate combinations can help in restoring the balance of Qi or the life forces in our body. This process or the mechanism of Acupuncture aids in curing diseases. Experts have indeed tried explaining the mechanism of acupuncture using neuroscience.
How Acupuncture Points are stimulated?
When a needle is inserted into the appropriate acupuncture point the Qi is regulated which stimulates the underlying nerves, muscles, and tissues. This mechanism increases blood flow and reduces pain.
Diseases Managed with Acupuncture
Some of the common diseases that can be cured using acupuncture are Diabetes, Asthma, Obesity, Autism, Arthritis, Hair fall, and Joint pains. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a recorded list of diseases and conditions that can be possibly treated by acupuncture. Of particular importance is pain management using Acupuncture treatments. Since Acupuncture is very effective in managing chronic pain, this branch of ancient medicine finds its due place side-by-side in leading hospitals as a complementary treatment where patients’ pain needs alleviation. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can be useful for relieving chemotherapy-induced side effects like nausea, vomiting, neuropathy, and lymphedema.