Acupuncture is one of the most unique Chinese treatment methods with centuries of practice history in China. The concept of acupuncture is to treat the internal disease by applying external approach. Usually, the approach is achieved by stimulating the meridians or acupoints through acupuncture-needles. These meridians or acupoints are not selected randomly.
To apply acupuncture, a TCM specialist must first identify the cause of the disease and then the key factor to the cause. In TCM perspective, one single disease may be contributed by various factors. These factors may include exterior or interior, deficiency or excess, coldness or over-heat, yin or yang.
The key factor will then be classified and a meridian or acupoint will be located accordingly. The principle of acupuncture is to bring balance to the body by regulating the function of our organs, thus allowing the illness to recover naturally.
Acupuncture can be applied on a variety of diseases.
1. Do not apply acupuncture when you are exhausted, hungry or nervous as you may experience nausea, dizziness or even vomiting.
2. Physical fitness matters when it comes to acupuncture. Any individual with weak physical condition should be evaluated by TCM specialist before receiving acupuncture. Lying position is recommended when receiving the acupuncture.
3. Acupuncture should not be painful. Inform your doctor immediately if you feel pain on the punctured area as the needle may be mistakenly plunged into blood vessel. Patients with bleeding tendency are not suitable for acupuncture.
4. Avoid acupuncture on inflammation, ulceration or scarring area. These areas are not the appropriate areas to apply acupuncture. Usually, acupuncture should be applied on smooth skin surface with thick flesh.
5. Keep still on the acupuncture area. Any excessive movement will cause the needle to plunge into improper area.
6. Seek for a qualified acupuncture practitioner for specific acupoints. These specific acupoints are those located near the eye, face, chest or neck and should be treated with extra care.