Acupuncture, a branch of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM), evolved three thousand years ago and is mainly used in the West
for treating chronic pain. Despite there being considerable controversy
regarding its value as therapy, a good number of people all over the world
still prefer to rely on acupuncture and other ancient methods of healing such
as Ayurveda and Naturopathy.
The science behind most of the traditional
healing methods lies in the fact that the human body itself possesses the
mystical powers of healing. This holds true, especially when we consider the
immune system, how it protects the body from the attacks of foreign materials
every day, and how well-crafted it is. However, when the body is not properly
maintained, often due to improper diet and lifestyle, the self-healing power of
the body gets weaker, needing some external stimulation to get back into
That's when acupuncture comes into play.
Acupuncture helps restore the body's balance by stimulating the 'acupoints' or
acupuncture points spread throughout the body which improve the flow of energy
through the body and remove blockages, if any. Acupuncture is based on the
philosophy that energy flows just below the surface of the skin and each
pathway of energy, called meridians, corresponds to a particular organ. An
obstruction in the path of energy flow causes dis-ease. Needles are inserted in
the specific locations on the pathway, called acupuncture points, to remove the
obstruction and correct the imbalance.
to combat fatigue
Hectic lifestyle and multitasking have resulted
in people succumbing to stress and other related ailments. If you're one of
those who get up in the morning feeling tired and feel like your body weighs a
hundred pounds, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes,
it may be a result of inadequate sleep, or improper lifestyle habits or even
deficiency of certain essential nutrients; but whatever it is, acupuncture may
help bring relief.
A recent study conducted in the University of
Manchester found that breast cancer patients, who suffered from extreme
tiredness and fatigue, can benefit from acupuncture sessions. This relief is
not just limited to physical but also mental boundaries, thus improving the
overall quality of life. The controlled clinical trial involved 302 breast
cancer patients with extreme fatigue, of which 75 were assigned to usual care
and 227 were assigned to acupuncture plus usual care. The results showed that
at 6 weeks, fatigue dropped by almost four points on the 0 to 20 scale in the
group where patients received acupuncture. The authors of the study concluded
that 'acupuncture is an effective intervention for managing the symptom of
cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and improving patients' quality of life'.
Acupuncture helps release endorphins, which are
the body's natural pain alleviators, proving to be outstanding treatment
options for different pains like migraine, toothache and even childbirth.
The points SP 3, SP 6, SP 9 and ST 36 are the
best acupoints that help tone your life-force energy, clear heat and make you
feel more energetic than you normally do. Since acupuncture treatments is a
specialized procedure that cannot be done by just anyone, pressing on these
points with your fingers can also bring about significant positive effects.
Locating these points is easy. Once you get the
idea of the location, apply pressure all over the area to find out a specific
point that is tender than the rest of the area. Apply moderate, 'feel-good'
pressure to the tender point for 3 minutes twice a day and enjoy an energetic