Already in the 1970s, acupuncture attracted attention in Western countries as a pain treatment method. The medical world was amazed that a few thin needles into the skin had an analgesic effect. Today acupuncture takes place in many different applications as well: Chronic pain in joints and back, migraine, asthma, irritable bladder or depression are only a small selection from the catalog of applications. Meanwhile, numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Behind the acupuncture is the idea to bring the energy flow in the body into balance. After the idea of TCM the life energy Qi (pronounced "Chee") is flowing in invisible paths through the body. These interconnects are also called meridians. They connect the interior with the exterior body. Therefore a fault can be corrected in the channels from the outside. Acupuncture stimulates from the outside (from the skin) to the interior. There are about 365 acupuncture points that lie on the different meridians. Each point has a therapeutic significance. Which points are engraved at an acupuncture session, depends on the symptoms and the treatment goal.
The Treatment with Acupuncture
The TCM specialists use fine, sterile disposable needles made of stainless steel. The retention time of the needles is between 20 and 30 minutes per therapy session. How often this procedure is repeated will depend on the disease and the progress of the treatment.