Scope of Acupuncture and Its Advantages

Acupuncture is a traditional form of oriental medicine which originated in China and is being practised by therapists all  over the world now.  Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting very fine needles at specific points on the skin, which are located near nerve endings. 

This has two effects - First it stimulates specific nerves which transmit electrical impulses via the spinal cord and brain, to the diseased area. Secondly, it stimulates release of chemical substances from brain centres to form the body's own mechanism for pain relief.

An average patient suffering from a chronic disease of a few years duration requires about 2 courses of sittings (each course consists of 20 sittings) given daily to achieve optimum relief.  This schedule is followed by alternate day treatment after which a twice a week treatment is given.  Once the patient is symptom free, he or she is asked to have a maintenance sitting once a week for 1-2 weeks and then the therapy is stopped.

Acupuncture is an extremely effective modality of treatment which is proving very useful in the treatment of various diseases which include :-

1.     Diseases of Head and Neck :- like migraine headaches, cervical spondylitis.
2.     Diseases of limbs and musculature :- like muscular pains, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, low backache, slipped disc with sciatica.
3.     Diseases related to digestion :- like irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis and constipation.
4.     Diseases related to respiratory system :- like chronic bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.
5.     Diseases related to cardiovascular system :- like angina pain and high blood pressure.
6.     Diseases related to genito urinary system :- like bed wetting in children, frequent urination, enlarged prostate.
7.     Diseases related to gynaecological system :- like irregular menses, leucorrhoea  infertility etc.
8.     Diseases related to sexual disorders :- like Impotence, Azoospermia.
9.     Diseases related to eyes :- like optic atrophy & blurred vision.
10.   Diseases related to ear, nose & throat :- like sinusitis, earache, tonsilitis, laryngitis & nerve Deafness.
11.   Diseases related to skin :- like Acne, chronic eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes & falling hair.
12.   Diseases related to nervous system : - like including paralysis, polio, epilepsy and coma.
13.   Diseases related to psychiatric disorders (including stress related disorders) :- like insomnia, anxiety, mania, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and behaviour disorders.
14.   Acupuncture also cures addictions :- like smoking, alcohol and other addictions.
15.   Acupuncture is also helpful in Diabetes and over weight.
16.   Laser Acupuncture is extremely useful for cosmetic problems like dark circles under the eye, Wrinkles and for tightening  the facial muscles.
17.   Preventive Acupuncture is also given for patients with family history of Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma etc.

Since  Acupuncture can be used in large number of diseases, it has a wide scope amongst doctors of different specialities.

They can use it in their practice for different conditions :-

A.    Cardiologists can use it for

• Angina Pectoris
• Hypertension
• Hypotension
• Palpitations

B.    Paediatrician can use it for

• Infantile Paralysis
• Autism
• Agitation in Children
• Behaviour disorder in children
• Bed wetting in children
• Childhood asthma
• Intelligence Increase

C.    Cosmetologist can use it for

• Wrinkle treatment with acupuncture
• Face lift with acupuncture
• Cosmetic use of lasers
• Dark circles under the eye
• Breast beautification and enlargement

D.    Ear specialist can use it for

• Tinnitus
• Deafness, nerve
• Meniere’s syndrome
• Mastoiditis
• Vertigo
• Earache

E.    Eye specialist can use it for

• Blurred vision
• Blepharo spasm
• Retinal artery obstruction
• Retinopathy
• Colour blindness
• Twitching of eyelids
• Glaucoma, open angle
• Optic nerve atrophy
• Ptosis of eye
• Retinitis pigmentosa
• Retinal detachment
• Tired eyes
• Conjunctivitis
• Night Blindness
• Excessive lacrimation

F.    Urologist can use it for

• Retention of Urine
• Prostate enlargement
• Cystitis
• Enuresis
• Edema
• Frequent urination
• Prostatitis
• Stress Incontinence
• Neurogenic bladder

G.    Gastroentrologist can use it for

• Gastritis
• Abdominal Pain
• Abdominal distension
• Anal pains
• Acid Regurgitation
• Anal Fissure
• Acidity
• Belching
• Constipation
• Colitis
• Dysphagia
• Diarrhoea, chronic
• Tropical sprue
• Epigastric pain
• Enteritis
• Flatulence
• Gastric ulcer
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Indigestion
• Peptic ulcer
• Digestive disorders
• Chronic pancreatitis
• Ulcerative colitis
• Hepatitis

H.    Physician can use it for

• Loss of appetite ( Anorexia)
• Excess Appetite
• Alcohol addiction
• Allergy
• Betel chewing addiction
• Diabetes
• Drug addiction
• Tension
• Immune System Poor
• Emotional Instability
• Fatigue, Chronic
• Gynaecomastia
• Hyperlipidemia
• High cholesterol
• Hypothyroidism
• Height Increase
• Hormonal Imbalance
• Increasing vitality
• Jet lag
• Nervousness
• Nicotine addiction
• Obesity
• General weakness
• Travel sickness
• Cigarette deaddiction
• Yawning

I.    Orthopaedician can use it for

• Backache
• Torticollis
• Sciatica
• Sports Injuries
• Atheletic performance improvement
• Achilles tendinitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Ankle sprain
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Arthritis of wrist joint
• Arthritis of knee joint
• Arthritis of shoulder
• Arthritis of neck
• Arthritis of elbow
• Arthritis of fingers
• Arthritis of lumbosacral spine
• Arthritis of sacro-iliac joint
• Arthritis of hip joint
• Arthritis of ankle
• Arthritis of foot & toes
• Buttock pain
• Brachial neuralgia
• Dynia
• Calcaneal spur
• Cervical spondylosis
• Coccyx pain
• Cramps in legs
• Costochondritis
• Calcaneal spur
• Cancer pains
• Frozen Shoulder
• Fibrositis
• Fibromyalgia
• Golfer’s elbow
• Herniated Lumbar disc
• Intercostal pain
• Joint inflammation
• Knee injury pain
• Lumbar pain
• Mandibular joint arthritis
• Rheumatic pains
• Myositis
• Metatarsalgia
• Osteoarthritis of knees
• Osteoarthritis of hip joint
• Osteoarthritis of hand joint
• Osteoarthritis of foot
• Chest pain
• Weakness of spinal cord
• Prolapsed inter vertebral disc
• Pain Big toe
• Pain in sole
• Postoperative pains
• Pain in face
• Plantar fasciitis
• Pain back of head
• Periarthritis of shoulder
• Palm pain
• Pain in scapula
• Pain in calf muscles
• Post herpetic neuralgia
• Restless leg syndrome
• Cervical spondylopathy
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Rheumatism of muscles
• Stiff neck
• Sacro-iliac pain
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Tennis elbow
• Tenosynovitis
• TM joint arthritis
• Trapezius muscle pain

J.    Neurologists can use it for

• Ataxia
• Aphasia
• Anger Management
• Coma
• Coldness of hands and feet
• Claustrophobia
• Foot drop
• Diabetic neuropathy
• Dementia
• Epilepsy
• Bell’s palsy
• Facial nerve paralysis
• Facial spasm
• Facial Tics
• Gullain Barre syndrome
• Headache
• Hysteria
• Insomnia
• Sleep Problems
• Poor Memory
• Loss of memory
• Medial nerve neuralgia
• Migraine
• Motor neurone disease
• Myopathy
• Multiple sclerosis
• Numbness of arms and fingers
• Numbness of feet
• Oversleeping
• Paralysis of thigh
• Paraplegia
• Parkinson’s disease
• Post polio paralysis
• Peripheral neuritis
• Paralysis of arms
• Peroneal nerve paralysis
• Radial nerve paralysis
• Loss of voice
• Spastic paralysis
• Ulnar nerve paralysis
• Wrist drop
• Vascular dementia
• Writer’s cramps

K.    ENT specialists can use it for

• Allergic rhinitis
• Anosmia
• Blocked nose
• Common cold
• Hay fever
• Hoarse voice
• Laryngitis
• Sinusitis
• Pharyngitis
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Tonsilitis
• Vocal cord nodule
• Vocal cord paralysis

L.    Psychiatrists can use it for

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Impotence
• Poor erection
• Poor sexual performance
• Nervousness
• Panic attacks
• Premature ejaculation

M.    Chest specialists can use it for

• Asthma
• Cough
• Bronchitis
• Chronic cough
• Hiccups
• Chest congestion

N.    Sexologists can use it for

• Impotence
• Poor erection
• Poor sexual performance
• Night emission
• Oligospermia
• Premature ejaculation
• Poor sexual desire
• Sexual vigour
• Sexual neurosis
• Seminal emission

O.    Dermatologist can use it for

• Acne
• Alopecia
• Contact dermatitis
• Dry skin
• Eczema
• Eczematous dermatitis
• Excess sweating
• Herpes
• Hair loss
• Itching all over body
• Pruritus
• Premature greying of hair
• Urticaria
• Vitililgo
• Baldness, patchy

P.    Gyanecologist can use it for

• Dysmenorrhoea
• Amenorrhoea
• Vulvitis
• Breast beautification and enlargement
• Premenstrual breast pain
• Lactation deficiency
• Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
• Excessive menses
• Frigidity
• Infertility
• Irregular menses
• Leucorrhoea
• Menopause depression
• Menopause flushes
• Menopause
• Premenstrual tension
• Polycystic ovarian disease
• Under developed breasts
• Vaginitis
• Morning sickness

Q.    Vascular Surgeon can use it for

• Buerger’s disease
• Leg ulcers, non healing
• Diabetic ulcers, non healing
• Peripheral vascular disorders
• Raynand disease
• Thrombophlebitis
• Varicose veins

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