Acupuncture is believed to date back more than 3000 years. It's an Ancient technique of healing and is a part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncturist inserts very thin sterile needles in precise parts of the body known as acupuncture points or acupoints for short. The acupoints chosen depends on the condition that has to be appreciated and the number of acupoints to be stimulated (ie punctured) varies from a few to up to a hundred and more.
The stimulation of acupoints is traditionally believed to get rid of the blockages that occurs in the body meridians, through which the life energy or Chi flows. The Chi can not flow through the blockages and this brings about illness, the traditional practitioners believe.
Modern medicine and scientific research has revealed that acupuncture indeed has an effect on the body and can cure many conditions such as pain, nausea, even anxiety and so on. Of course, the medical explanation is a little bit different than the traditional one. Many experiments have shown that acupuncture indeed works through neurology and hormonal glands.
Many of the acupoints have been shown to lie exactly in the areas of nerve synapses, the parts of neurology where one nerve passes the information to another. By inserting a thin needle in this part disruptions the normal process and has an effect on distant parts of the body. For example, stopping the flow of neuronal information that transmits pain signals to the brain results in pain relief.
Of course, the effects are also much more complex and involve internal organs and hormonal glands.
Acupressure is believed to be even older than acupuncture and is believed to date back as much as 5000 years. It uses exactly the same acupoints as acupuncture but uses a lot less of them. The stimulation of acupoints in acupressure is achieved through applying pressure to the acupoints with one's fingers or small dull objects.
Acupressure has also been found to work exceptionally well in treating acute and chronic pain, nausea, indigestion and many other fields, including induction of labor in pregnant women.
Acupuncture, as well as acupressure, are getting more and more recognized as effective methods of treating several issues and illnesses and have been included as complementary medical methods in many countries. In Germany, for example, acupuncture treatment is even covered by medical insurance.
Source by Blaz Banic