What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is known as a Chinese Medicine treatment method to balance the life force, called ‘Qi’. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is assumed, that the Qi flows through meridians (pathways) in the human body. These pathways are accessible through 350 acupuncture points. By inserting acupuncture needles into these points, it is supposed to bring back the energy flow into proper balance.
Due to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), TCM has been practised and studies for more than 2,500 years.
No study has been able to confirm the existence of meridians and acupuncture points. BUT studies show that acupuncture works for some conditions.
TCM states illness is a consequence of an imbalance of Qi. In 2003, the WHO (World Health Organisation) listed several conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective. Since 2003 thousands of studies have been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture. With success. And yet, researchers are only at the beginning to understand all the positive effects on health.
The western pendant to acupuncture is Neurotherapy. Both methods show crucial similarities. Experts tried to explain acupuncture through neuroscience, and it shows that acupuncture points are spots in the human body where muscles, fascia and nerves can be stimulated. Local stimulation enhances blood and lymphatic flow, while simultaneously, the body’s natural painkillers are activated to some degree.
The following list shows just a few conditions where acupuncture has been proven effective (WHO):
- high and low blood pressure
- painful periods
- facial pain
- tennis elbow
- allergic rhinitis
- some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
- dental pain
- reducing the risk of stroke
- morning sickness
- rheumatoid arthritis
- inducing labour
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
As shown above, acupuncture can help to ease a lot of painful conditions. Acupuncture can also be beneficial for:
- Can help people to whom pain medication is not suitable
- Can enhance the effectiveness of other treatments (when combined)
- Act as a painkiller to some degree
- There are hardly any side-effects
- If applied correctly, it is safe
- And many more.
Does acupuncture needle hurt? Is it painful?
When the acupuncturist is inserting the needle, a very short sting is noticeable. This can be a bit painful. Some people describe: ‘The fright is bigger than the pain.’ Afterwards, a sense of tingling or warmth can occur. In most cases, the needle is not noticeable after inserted, and a feeling of relaxation spreads throughout the activated area.
A qualified acupuncturist can notice which diameter suits best for a specific area. Meglio offers 16 variations of characteristic length and diameter. So, for every point, there is a right needle.
Safety is vital while using acupuncture needles. How can I recognize, which acupuncture needles are the safest to use? It is crucial to take a look at the following points to ensure to get the best of the best.
# First and foremost
The needles must be sterile. Meglio offers individually packed and complete sterile needles.
# Quality of material
Make sure to use only medical-grade steel.
# Help yourself
A guide tube can make it much easier to bring the acupuncture needle in the right position and keep it there while applying the needles.
The Meglio Acupuncture Needles also come with a copper handle, which makes it hasslefree to pinch the needle with your fingers and to have a safe and strong grip.
A lot of certified practitioners all around the globe benefit from our knowledge and quality.
Acupuncture can be helpful in many ways. Extensive studies show that acupuncture is useful, especially for chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, headache and various health conditions. Acupuncture should only be conducted from certified practitioners who have the essential knowledge about the application and quality of the used material. It might be painful for a second, but the benefits are more significant.