In our part of the world, Acupuncture is the best known treatment method in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Today, hundreds of acupuncture points are known, which are arranged along the meridians on the skin and that can be treated with different techniques. ‘Meridian’ is the term used to describe the energy channels through which ‘Qi’, the life-energy of the body, flows (see Traditional Chinese Medicine).
The best known forms of acupuncture are:
- acupuncture needling
- laser acupuncture
A particularly important subform of acupuncture is auricular acupuncture.
Acupuncture has proven its value in:
- painful diseases, such as arthritis, back and knee pain, rheumatism
- angina pectoris
- inflammatory bowel disease
- digestive problems
- insomnia and fatigue
For acupuncture needling, sterilised, disposable metal needles are used to stimulate specific acupuncture points. The thin needles resolve blockages and soothe pain.
When applied properly, acupuncture is characterised by a low incidence of side-effects. Moreover, medications can usually be omitted. Heaviness, heat, numbness or tingling sensations indicate proper positioning of the needles and the releasing effect on the energy flow in the meridians.
Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends acupuncture as the therapy of choice for about 80 indications.