Unlike our western medicine, Far Eastern medicine looks at human beings from a holistic perspective and not divided into a series of disciplines. It seeks not only to heal diseases, but also to prevent the emergence of serious and chronic conditions. Acupuncture, an essential staple in Chinese healing methods, is endorsed by the WHO and leading acupuncture associations as a method to treat many pathologies. It involves the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into certain points of the body; they are then left there for around 20 to 30 minutes to contribute to the healing process while the patient reclines on the couch.
Many patients experience acupuncture as a pleasant sensation, relaxing and astonishingly fast-acting, even during their first treatment. Slim, disposable needles are placed almost painlessly into certain points of the body during acupuncture. Many acupuncture points are located along invisible energy channels known as meridians. Chinese medicine believes that the needle’s irritation stimulates and regulates the flow of energy. Blockages are released and disturbances removed. In most cases it will only take a few acupuncture sessions to treat acute diseases; but significantly more may be necessary for chronic conditions, depending on the pathology and the physical condition of the patient.
Complementary treatments can sometimes intensify the salubrious effects of acupuncture. Among the particularly beneficial procedures is moxibustion, a special heat treatment in which dried mugwort is burned above certain parts of the body to heat them up and stimulate the flow of energy. CUPPING and cupping glass massage can also enhance acupuncture, as they stimulate the selected body regions in a beneficial way, reduce muscular tension and positively influence the internal organs. In trigger point acupuncture, needles are used to stimulate certain muscular regions responsible for pain and then to induce local muscle relaxation.
Ear acupuncture involves the insertion of particularly fine needles into special points of the ear to stimulate associated organs. The procedure can also affect emotional well-being. Ear acupuncture is used as a monotherapy or as a complement to body acupuncture. Cranial acupuncture according to Yamamoto is a proven method in which the needles are applied exclusively to points in the head, for instance the forehead and temples. This form of acupuncture is used to treat many acute and chronic pathologies, frequently also paralyses and neurological disorders.