Acupuncture: learn more

Dr Jean-Louis Tixhon
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Acupuncture is a medical science having its historical origins in the traditional Chinese medicine. Its aim is to provide a therapeutic effect by stimulating specific points on the body, with metal needles.

The practice of this discipline requires a good knowledge of the traditional occidental medicine, the theories of the traditional chinese medicine and the exact location of the acupuncture points and their actions.

A medical diagnosis is necessary before to treat by acupuncture.
The medical doctor acupuncturist is the obvious person to determine wheter a pathology can be treated by acupuncture or not.

The insertion of the needle is not very painful. Sometimes, the points are heated (moxa) or stimulated by electricity.

Acupuncture is also possible to treat children. Manual pressures on the points are used without needles.

One session of acupuncture takes 20 to 30 min. time. At the beginning, the most frequency of treatment is one or twice a week.

Indications

Acupuncture can be used for a lot of diseases. The above enumeration is of course not complete.

Rheumatic, muscle and nerve pain:

  • headaches, migraines, stress headaches ;
  • rheumatic pain, rheuma, arthritis ;
  • neck pains (artrosis), stiff neck ;
  • back, hip, shoulder and knee pain ;
  • tendinitis, tennis ellbow, achilles tendon ;
  • muscular pain, lumbago ;
  • face and arm neuralgie, sciatica ;
  • sprains.

 Sports medicine:

  • contusions and sports injuries ;
  • tendinitis, tennis and golf elbow, achilles tendon,  frozen shoulder.

Allergies:

  • hay fever ;
  • asthma, tickling cough, etc.

 Nervous en emotional problems:

  • stress, nervousness, anxiety ;
  • light and medium depression ;
  • palpitations beats due to stress ;
  • insomnia ;
  • nervous tics ;
  • hyperventilation ;
  • fear of failure, phobia, overthinking, irritability.

Digestive problems:

  • stomachache, acid indigestion ;
  • intestinal pain, constipation, cramps.

Addiction:

  • Tobacco, alcohol, to much medication, drugs.

Nose-throat-ears:

  • buzzing ears ;
  • vertigo ;
  • congestion of the nose ;
  • hay fever ;
  • sinusitis.

Gynaecology:

  • irregular, painful or excessive menstruation ;
  • menopause troubles (hot flushes, mood changes), possibly in addition to a medical treatment ;
  • pregnancy problems: nausea, sciatica, constipation ;
  • presentation of baby by headquarters ;
  • in vitro fecondation (IVF).

Urology:

  • Pain or inflammation of urinary tract or prostate.

 Dermatology:

  • certain forms of eczema urticaria,, skin disorders, such as: allergies, certain forms of acne ;
  • zona, psoriaris.

Diet:

  • acupuncture can help to follow a diet and avoid side effects.

Main actions of acupuncture:

  • analgesic, anti-inflammation ;
  • relaxing and anti-cramps ;
  • stimulating, cheering ;
  • action on some psychological disorders ;
  • effect on blood circulation.

Remarks:

  • Acupuncture always requires a correct previous diagnosis first in western medicine, than in acupuncture, so that the exact treatment can be determined.
  • Acupuncture principally treats functional and psychosomatic disorders.
  • Acupuncture can’t treat the cancer, but helps to reduce nausea after chemotherapy.

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