Acupuncture allows fast and convenient recovery of many sports injuries, sprains, inflammation, chronic diseases, headaches, neck pain, injury called “tennis elbow”, and menstrual pain. Excellent results are obtained after 10 treatments with special needles that are used are for single use only and are so thin that really does not cause any pain – on the contrary.
The feeling that acupuncture gives you those 20 odd minutes as that’s how long a session goes for, is often described as complete peace, and such relaxation that patients often fall into a deep sleep. Many famous athletes also in addition to regular treatment, use acupuncture because it speeds up healing. No age restrictions and can even be applied to pregnant women.
After a telephone conversation to organise the time and date of a visit follows:
After 15-20 minutes of the initial consultation, begins a conversation with your acupuncturist so that he can understand your situation and so the doctor can get a very clear picture of your condition. Chinese medicine is based on a very simple principle: mind and body are not separate but are interconnected power systems. The human body is an integrated whole, and not a bunch of parts and pieces. Therefore, your doctor must be thorough at asking questions about every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional state.
Most of the time, your treatments will be performed on a comfortable massage table. Your acupuncturist will need to be able to reach different parts of your body and limbs, so wear comfortable cloths. When you are on the table for treatment, your doctor should explain what will happen and what you will feel and what you can expect to feel during treatment.
“Does acupuncture hurt?” This is, of course the most common question. In doing so, most people think of needles for injections, vaccinations and blood sampling. Rest assured that the acupuncture needles are nothing like the aforementioned needles. They are approximately the width of the average human hair, with only the tip of needles inserted. After the doctor puts needles in certain acupuncture points, they will stay there usually for 25-35 minutes. During this time, you might feel mild, weird, but no painful sensations around the needle and the body parts that do not have pins in them. This is expected and desirable. While the needles are in you, you need to allow yourself relax! Nap!
Believe it or not, most people say that acupuncture treatments are not only virtually painless, but very relaxing, so it is very common that even very anxious patients fall asleep during treatment. This is because acupuncture treatments stimulate the brain to release large amounts of endorphins and lead you out of the highly stressful situation in a state of pleasant relaxation. This often occurs within minutes of the start of treatment, even if you are afraid of needles.
Everyone is different and therefore the therapy for each patient is different. After the first 2-3 treatments physician acupuncturist should already have a good insight and suggest how many treatments needed for a satisfactory result. It is also important to note that acupuncture is considered “cumulative treatment”, because the effect of acupuncture is constantly amplified from treatment to treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1979 recommended more than 50 diseases for treatment by acupuncture. In 1996 the American organization Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the acupuncture needle and classified it as a safe medical instrument. Implications of acupuncture are primarily in diseases of the musculoskeletal system, primarily acute conditions: soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, chronic diseases and of muscle spasms. Musculoskeletal system, acupuncture is applied in addition to other therapies: physical therapy, blockades, etc.
With diseases of the musculoskeletal systems, acupuncture is now successfully used in respiratory, gastrointestinal, gynecological, genitourinary, neurological diseases. Acupuncture has proven to help with the side effects of chemotherapy, postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
List of ailments by the World Health organization treatable with acupuncture (World Health Organization – WHO, 1979), based on clinical experience: