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Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. .It explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force ( known as chi or QI ) believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncturists believe energy (Qi) flows will re-balance. there are 361 points mostly arranged in meridians.
Some Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers. Others believe needles stimulate central nervous system . This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. There are different acupuncture types, the most important are:
The goal of auricular acupuncture is to normalize the body dysfunction by stimulating certain points in the ear.
Also known as Neuroacupuncture, is a treatment based on knowledge of traditional acupuncture and neurology. It is done by inserting acupuncture needles into the scalp to stimulate the brain neurons of the underlying area. It is used for some brain disorders.
It is a modern method that uses the same principles of stimulating the acupuncture points with cold laser instead of needles. It is used for phobia to needles and also for tendon and muscles and joints pain.
Facial or cosmetic acupuncture
This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. By inserting specific needles in some points in the face and body, it helps you looks younger.