What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is a form of treatment by inserting very fine gold, steel or silver needles into certain points through the skin in order to eliminate the pathology (pain, dysfunction) in the skin, tissues and organs.

The center of acupuncture treatment dating back 2500 years is China. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture philosophy has acupuncture points, meridians presumed to be above these points, and energy circulating in these paths. This energy is divided into 2 as ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. Our body has 12 energy meridians and 365 acupuncture points in total. Diseases occur as a result of balance disorders of yin and yang energy. It is aimed that these two energies, which are supposed to circulate in the acupuncture meridians, are stimulated with special and disposable needles and are in balance. Regulation of the body is essential for health. The basic principle of acupuncture treatment is to regulate and maintain energy balance.

Analgesic (painkiller) Effect: Pain threshold is raised. It provides a healthier nutrition and blood supply of tissues and organs. These effects are achieved by secretion of endorphins.

Sedation (tranquillizer) Effect: The release of hormones and substances such as serotonin and endorphins in the brain is achieved by the secretion of these substances.

Homeostatic Effect: By balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic system, it ensures that the kidneys work better, the heart and respiratory functions improve, sweat secretion and the abdominal organs work healthier. It adjusts the balance of many minerals and ions in our body, strengthens the immune system, and improves motor functions.

We now know that acupuncture points are points on the fascia surrounding the muscles and surrounding the whole body, and that artery-vein-nerve-lymph vessels emerge from these points.

We can list other usage areas of acupuncture as follows:

  • Migraine and tension-type headaches
  • Skin diseases
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Goitre
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
  • Acute and chronic rhinitis
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Osteoarthritis (arthritis)
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