There are situations when certain conventional medicinal methods do not work despite all the millions spent on research and development. In situations like these, alternate ways will be sought and that is where the practice of Acupuncture becomes more prominent.
Acupuncture is often associated with Chinese Traditional Medicine practices where it has already becomes more mainstream than before. This involves the use of needles into specific points of the body which are often referred to as acupuncture points with an intention to promote better flow of energy within the body. When this is achieved, blood circulation is said to be more efficient which harmonizes the body’s Qi blood that helps in curing certain types of diseases.
As more and more people around the world becoming more health conscious and taking on more methods for better health, acupuncture is fast becoming more popular especially in places where this culture is evident, like Asia. So important is acupuncture that even WHO (World Health Organization) has recognized it to treat several types of illnesses.
Types of Illness treated by Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used to treat the following:
Digestion Problems – this includes treating problem like spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis as well as spasms of esophagus, among others.
Breathing Problems – Patients who have been dealing with problems like sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma are among those who can try acupuncture if western medicine is unable to help.
Neurological and muscular problems – Acupuncture can be used to treat many types of muscular and joint pains like knee problems, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, frozen shoulder and osteoarthritis. In fact, acupuncture has been traditionally used to treat arthritis and rheumatism for generations now.
Besides that, there are other problems that can apply acupuncture like stress, depression, insomnia and even reproductive problems.
Types of Acupuncture Styles
Generally, there are a few styles in acupuncture that are very common and depending on which school the practitioner comes from, will apply different styles. Among them include:
Moxibustion – This is the type of treatment where indirect heat using Moxa which is a type of herb are inducted into heat lamps to relax the muscles.
Tui-Na – This is a type of therapeutic massage which is practiced to help relieve tension in the muscles and open up energy meridians to accommodate the flow of Qi in the body.
Cupping – Using glass cups, this style is aimed at to stimulate better blood flow which is placed on the skin surface with a vacuum seal.
Electro-acupuncture – This practice uses an extremely low frequency of electrical current usually around 1 Hz and then applied to the needle for muscle relaxation.
Kuat-Sa – A very common method where it involves very vigorous rubbing of the skin to push away stagnant Qi and usually leaves red marks on the skin.
Acupuncture Centers in Malaysia
As acupuncture becomes more popular today, modern medical centres are offering these services which ranges from upscale centres to the more traditional outlets. Among the more popular places include Tung Shin Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, the Klang Acupuncture Centre, the Everhealthy Care Centre in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur and many others.