Acupuncture is one of the paramount treatments in the quet or
pain relief without drugs.
As most people know acupuncture was initiated by the Chinese some
4,000 years ago.
Briefly, the Chinese believed that the energy or life force of
a human being had to circulate freely around the around the body
but if it was impeded than an ailment would result.
Any impediment in the circulation could be shifted by inserting
needles into definite points of the body known as acupuncture points,
and moving or rotating the needles. Flow was resumed and the result
was that certain disorders were cured and the pain relieved.
The success of acupuncture therefore depended on the skill of
the practitioner in finding the points and knowing how much stimualtion
Acupressure preceded acupuncture as a way of natural healing and
has been practised in China for at least 5,000 years. Finger pressure
is used instead of needles to stimulate pressure points and encourage
the bidy to heal. Acupuncture was developed from the knowledge
gained, through the practice of acupressure, about the energy pathways
and pressure points.
The Acupoint is a further development in natural healing which
uses the theory behind acupuncture/acupressure. Rather than using
needles or just finger pressure to stimulate the acupuncture points
the Acupoint uses mild electrical impulses, applied to the skin,
to access the body's healing energy.
How does Acupuncture work?
The two main theories on how Acupuncture or Acupressure actually
1. The Gate Control Theory
This theory was produced by Melzach and Wall who stated that messages
carrying information about the injury travel towards the brain
along two separate sets of nerve fibres. The larger fibres carry
messages about sensations other than pain, whilst the smaller fibres
carry the pain messages. The messages which travel along the larger
fibres tend to arrive at the spinal cord before the messages travelling
along the smaller fibres. So if there are enough non-painful sensations
travelling, the pain messages will not be able to get through.
This is the same theory as that of the underlying pain relief treatment
found with TeNS.
2. The Neuro-Endocrine Theory
It has been found that by utilising acupuncture or acupressure
points, the body can be stimulated to produce its own natural pain
control mechanisms - endorphins.
Acupressure works on the same principles as Acupuncture but pressure
from the hands and fingers replace the needle stimulation. Electro-acupuncture
works by passing a small electrical current across acupuncture