Acupuncture is one of the treatment methods available in the Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves an insertion of a very fine needle into specific acupoint along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians).
These acupoint was chosen based on the patient’s disease and body constitution. In Chinese Medicine, disease occurs when there is an imbalance of Qi in the body such as blockage of Qi or deficiency of Qi. Qi has a pathway called as meridian. This meridian/pathway spread throughout our body, as well as connecting to all organ and tissue to each other. When the meridian surfaced into superficial / skin, it called as acupoint. Acupuncture stimulation will help to unblock the blockage or nourish the body according to the technique used by acupuncturist.
Modern scientific findings found that acupuncture needle can stimulate chemical reaction in the brain and spinal cord, hence produces related chemical reaction and hormones that helps with body regulations/homeostasis and reduces pain. Other than that, it also can speed up healing process, as well as regulate emotion.
I have headache on my head, but you poke on my hand and feet??!
This is because each acupoint had their own specific function. In addition, each meridian also interconnected to each other and spread throughout our body. Therefore, acupuncturist can use localised and distal acupoint to treat your condition.
Is acupuncture SAFE?
Acupuncture is safe IF it is done by licensed acupuncturist, and under correct technique and safety measurement. This is because acupuncture using invasive needling technique that had a risk of organ puncture, bleeding, and infection. Other than that, qualified acupuncturist undergoes related programs, as well as practicing appropriate hygiene practice in line with Traditional and Complementary Act 2016 (T&CM Act). In conclusion, acupuncture is very safe and low risk if it was done under qualified acupuncturist!
There are few technique use in acupuncture which are acupressure : applying certain pressure in acupoint, moxibustion : burning of herbs called 艾叶 AiYe (mugwort) attached on the acupuncture needle or on the acupoint, and electric acupuncture : low frequency electric stimulator attached to the needle. Each technique used will be depending on acupuncturist treatment plan, patient body constitution and disease condition.
What disease can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has a wide range of therapeutic effect and DOES NOT FOCUS on pain management only! Acupuncture can treat internal disease, women’s health, depression, and others range of disease! You want to know whether acupuncture can help with your condition? Call / Whatsapp / DM us NOW!
- Traditional & Complementary Medicine Practice Guideline on Acupuncture (second edition Nov 2009)
- PORTAL MyHEALTH. 2021. Rawatan Akupuntur Bagi Pesakit Post Strok – PORTAL MyHEALTH. [online] Available at: <http://www.myhealth.gov.my/rawatan-akupuntur-dalam-pesakit-post-strok/> [Accessed 16 February 2021].