In acupuncture or ‘Zhen Jiu’ (literally: ‘pricking’, of needles and ‘burning’, of herbs) thin needles are punctured at acupuncture points in the body. This method has been used for more than 2,500 years. Since the bronze age metal needles have been used. Before that time people probably used needles from bone splinters or stone. Nowadays, thin, sterile stainless steel needles are used. The way in which the needle is inserted, influences the Qi of a meridian, whereby the Qi in the body is regulated and results in:
During the treatment the Qi will start to flow again. You will notice a slight tingling or a heavy feeling around the needles. Sometimes the feeling radiates (temporarily) along the meridian. Acupuncture helps with many complaints. The big advantage of acupuncture is that it has almost no side effects. And because an acupuncture treatment improves your entire energy management, you will quickly feel fitter and healthier. Acupuncture also has a preventive effect. It has a positive influence on the well-being of people. It increases the natural resistance, it increases the pain threshold and stimulates the zest for life.
Acupuncture treats with five factors that are important for a good health. It provides improved oxygen circulation in the body, improves blood circulation and has a positive effect on the health of the blood vessels, organs and the nervous system. Acupuncture stimulates the self-healing ability of the body.
What can acupuncture do for you?
Acupuncture is effectively used in many complaints. Long-term complaints, for which Western mainstream medicine can not find a solution, can often be remedied or reduced with the help of acupuncture. A few examples: (chronic) fatigue, depression, burnout, stress, RSI, headache and migraine, back pain, joint pain, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, unwanted childlessness, eating disorders, severe menopause and intestinal complaints.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the authority for health of the United Nations and oversaw in the compilation of a list of conditions that can be treated well through the use of acupuncture. The WHO is for example leading when it comes to global health issues. In 2003 an extensive report was published, in which the effectiveness of acupuncture is recognized. This list contains more than 100 diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture is a proven effective treatment. View the WHO list here.