Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapeutic technique that has been used for thousands of years to help relieve pain and treat numerous diseases. The procedure involves inserting, at different depths of the skin, long, extremely thin needles into more than 350 specific points on the surface of the body.
The modern vision on acupuncture include into the explanations of its mechanisms of action the principles of neuroscience, and specialists consider that nerves, muscles and connective tissue are actually stimulated by the insertion of the needles.
This stimulation can improve the activity of endogenous analgesic (opioid) systems and can increase the blood flow of the affected organ, which will lead to clinical amelioration of symptoms and to the improvement of one’s general physical condition.
The benefits of acupuncture:
- Very few side effects;
- Can be used as a complementary therapeutic method;
- Can really improve control over certain types of pain;
- Can serve as an alternative when the patient does’t want to or cannot take analgesic medication.
Diseases that can be treated with acupuncture:
- Osteoarticular system:
Lower back pain, cervical pain, arthrosis, myalgia.
- Respiratory system:
bronbchial asthma, chronic rhinitis, chronic laryngitis, aphonia.
- Gastro-intestinal system:
chronic pancreatitis, gastritis, constipation.
- Urogenital system:
chronic cystitis, menstrual pain, infertility, impotence.
- Central and peripheral nervous system:
recovery after strokes, trigeminal neuralgia, facial neuralgia, neurovegetative dystonia, insomnia, headache, migraine, hysteria, fibromyalgia.