What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional treatment method based on the stimulation of these points by inserting very thin needles into certain points on the skin, dating back 5000 years. It helps the organism to heal itself by balancing the energy flow of the body. It is used in the treatment of many diseases, especially obesity. such as rheumatic diseases, allergies, psychosomatic diseases, smoking cessation, digestive system disorders. The basic idea is that when there is a disorder or blockage in the flow of body life energy, ‘qi’, some health problems occur. It is aimed to provide energy flow, to provide body energy balance, to accelerate healing and to provide relaxation by inserting thin needles from hair into certain acupuncture points in our body.

There are energy channels in the body, each associated with different organs, called meridians. There are hundreds of acupuncture points on these channels. There are many views on the mechanisms of action. Stimulation of acupuncture points provides the release of endorphins, which is a natural pain reliever, and it is thought to activate the autonomic nervous system, which reduces inflammation, calms the brain, regulates blood flow and blood pressure.

How Is Acupuncture Treatment Done?

Acupuncture is done by inserting thin steel disposable needles from different lengths of hair into the body or ear. By providing stimulation with a needle, healing is achieved in the affected tissue or organs. According to the Far Eastern belief, there are hundreds of points in the human body and these are connected by pathways called meridians. Through these pathways, the energy flow called ‘chi’ is provided. The inability of this energy to circulate in the body causes diseases. By applying needles to certain points, the energy flow is restored. Nerve, muscle and connective tissue are stimulated with needles. Needles remain attached for approximately twenty minutes. Although it varies according to the diseases, ten sessions are usually applied.

Which Diseases Is Acupuncture Treatment Good For?

Acupuncture is beneficial in eliminating many diseases and symptoms. In the most recent statement of the World Health Organization, we can list the situations in which acupuncture benefits:

Anxiety

Depression

Stress

Insomnia

Sinusitis

rhinitis

toothache

constipation

diarrhea

headache

migraine

Meniere’s disease

Reducing symptoms related to multiple sclerosis (MS)

back pain

knee pain

nausea and vomiting after radiotherapy-chemotherapy

allergies

infertility

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First of all, the detailed health history of the patient who comes to acupuncture treatment is questioned. Health problems, sleep patterns, stress, eating habits and mood are investigated. General body examination is done, tongue and pulse are checked. Depending on the symptoms, different numbers of acupuncture needles are used. Needles are sterile for single use. Needles are usually attached for 20 minutes. The patient may feel a slight tingling or tingling while the needle is inserted. In acute cases, ten sessions, usually twice a week, may be required, and in chronic diseases, treatment may be required for months. Auricular acupuncture can be applied in cases such as depression, anxiety, weight loss and smoking cessation.

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