FOR WHAT CONDITIONS HAS ACUPUNCTURE BEEN FOUND EFFECTIVE?
It can help to relieve pain of whatever origin, in particular osteo-articular pathology:
- neck pain
- back pain
- low back pain
- lumbar sciatica
- shoulder pain
- elbow pain
- knee pain
- hip pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
all types of both degenerative and traumatic pain
- stress and mood disorders
- medical drugs
- alterations of the menstrual cycle
- lots of other disorders
- trigeminal neuralgia
- fibromyalgia syndrome
- post-herpetic neuralgia
IS IT THEREFORE A MEDICAL TREATMENT IN ALL RESPECTS?
In 1977 acupuncture was accepted and validated by the World Health Organization as an effective medical practice for many diseases. Afterwards, in 1996, it was validated by the Food and Drug Administration and the next year by the National Institute of Health. These last two American Institutions also decreed the definitive separation of acupuncture (and of the connected practice of moxibustion) from the so-called alternative medicines, recognizing its full autonomy as a medical discipline, on equal terms with Western medicine.
Consequently, both acupuncture and moxibustion are treatments that can only be given by subjects authorized to practice the medical profession, specifically trained in the specialized branch.
ORIGINS OF ACUPUNCTURE
The theoretical bases of TCM can be traced back to the ancient Chinese philosophical-scientific culture.
They are the result of a progressive and stratified evolution of Chinese scientific theories developed over the millennia, unrivalled heritage of human knowledge and thought.
The first news of a primitive acupuncture practice dates back to about 3,000 years ago and is about the incision with flint needles of certain points of the skin, then stuffed with a mix of medicinal
The first real organic text instead goes back to an era close to the year 0 of the Christian age (2,100 –
2,000 years ago). It is the Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor Huang Di Nei Jing, which has the undoubted merit of providing the first description of the most important meridians (still valid today) and detailing the different types of needles (by then all made of metal), the various insertion techniques and the identification on the human body of the first 160 acupoints.