Introduction to Acupuncture Therapy

Introduction to Acupuncture Therapy
Feb 2023

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture in Nepal is very popular nowadays and is supposed to be a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves putting specialized filiform needles into particular points on the human body (acupoints). It tries to maintain the free flow of energy (qi), which is said to be circulating in the body while balancing the opposing forces of yin and yang (meridian and collaterals).
To cure diseases and their symptoms, acupuncturists choose particular points from the 361 conventional points and thousands of additional points. Despite being a component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been the subject of numerous studies, the results of which have provided scientific evidence of its efficacy. Acupuncture has also been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a branch of medicine. More than 250 ailments were classified by the WHO as being treatable with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Nepal is available in different places. It is effective for the treatment of:

Back pain
Neck pain
Frozen shoulder
Hair loss

Like Acupuncture in Nepal, Moxibustion is also an important natural therapy. It involves applying the heat of a specific herb called Artemisia Vulgaris (Tite Pati) by burning herbal wool. The therapy known as moxibustion involves burning mugwort leaves. This plant, which is tiny and spongy, is thought to improve acupuncture-assisted healing. So, using a stick to impart heat, the leaves are burned just below the skin's surface.
Its goals are to promote the flow of Qi or energy, strengthen the blood, and maintain excellent health.
According to Chinese medicine, your body can handle a variety of difficulties, including digestive troubles and chronic pain, by increasing the circulation of Qi.

What Steps Comprise the Process?
It is possible for your moxibustion therapist to use the method directly or indirectly.
Directly: The moxa cone lies on the area of your body that is being treated when applied directly.
One end of the cone is lit by the practitioner, who then lets it burn slowly.
The therapist takes off the cone after you start to feel the heat and your skin begins to turn red.
In some instances, the acupuncture needle is covered with moxa, which is then ignited by the practitioner.
The moxa will continue to burn on the needle until it goes out.
Through the needle, the heat is transmitted to the acupuncture point.

Indirectly: More often used and secure is indirect moxibustion. This method avoids having the moxa directly touch your skin while it is burning. Instead, they hold it an inch or so away from your body. They will take the moxa away from the area close to your skin once it starts to get warm and red.

Utilizing a coating of salt or garlic as insulation is another indirect application of moxa.
One of these is placed between your skin and the cone by the therapist.
As an alternative, people can add the substance to moxa boxes, light it, and apply it to the body.
Uses of Moxibustion
According to experts in alternative medicine, moxibustion's heat can facilitate a greater flow of energy throughout the body.
This occurs along various meridians, which are channels. According to Chinese traditional medicine, your body needs to have its energy stimulated in order to achieve health and wholeness.
Moxibustion is based on the idea that obstructions in the flow of energy cause issues with both mental and physical health. It is used to treat:
Back pain
Muscle stiffness
Menstrual cramps
Digestive problems
Cold originated disease
Chronic disease
Pain syndrome
Gastritis, etc.

For thousands of years, mainly in China and the Middle East, people have used cupping therapy. Generally, people use cupping, a traditional medicinal technique, to reduce discomfort. On your back, stomach, arms, legs, or other regions of your body, a provider may install cups. A vacuum or suction force inside the cup pulls the skin upward.

How does cupping work?
Researchers continue to investigate how cupping reduces pain and illness symptoms. The therapy hasn't been the subject of much investigation.Cupping creates suction that pulls fluid into the treated area. The capillaries, which are microscopic blood vessels under the skin, are ruptured and enlarged by this suction force. The cupping region is treated as an injury by your body.
More blood is sent to the area to speed up the body's natural healing process. Some claim that cupping releases pollutants and clears the pores.

Who carries out cupping?
To do cupping, a range of professions can get training, including:
Physical therapists.
Massage therapists.
Medical doctors.

What is treated by cupping?
Most commonly, cupping is used to treat painful disorders.
Some claim that it also aids in the treatment of chronic (ongoing) health problems.
Cupping can heal/reduce symptoms of:
Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
High and low blood pressure (hypertension).
Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.
Breathing issues, such as asthma.
Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Headaches and migraines.
Gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD).

What kinds of cups are there?
Although most vendors use glass or plastic cups, other options include:

How is cupping performed?
There are various techniques for cupping. Depending on the approach used, the stages change a little. Your service provider will keep the cups there for a while. During some sessions, the cups are briefly moved to stretch and massage the area.
Your healthcare professional might apply many cups to your skin, depending on the treatment. Methods of cupping include:

Dry: Each cup is heated by your service provider, usually using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and lit on fire. Heat causes the cup's oxygen to escape, leaving a vacuum.
To remove air from cups, some service providers employ a suction device.
The vacuum force draws the skin up into the cup after being applied to your skin.

Wet: Your skin is delicately pierced with a needle by your healthcare practitioner before and occasionally after cupping.
Through the puncture wounds caused by the cupping technique, toxins exit the body.
After cupping: Under the skin's surface, small blood vessels are ruptured by the suction force of cupping. There will be small, spherical marks on you that will disappear in a week or two.

Potential risks or complications of cupping:
A comparatively low-risk therapy is cupping.
However, you might encounter:
Burns from heated cups.
Muscle tension or soreness.
Skin infections, itching or scarring.

Avoid cupping:
Pregnant, moms-to-be should not get cupping since little is known about cupping's effects on them. Additionally, refrain from cupping if you have:
Hemophilia and various bleeding disorders.
Blood clotting issues like a history of strokes or deep vein thrombosis.
Eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Seizures (epilepsy).

In the therapy known as cupping, the problematic area of the body is covered with specialized cups.
It is thought to enhance the flow of energy and blood circulation by creating suction through pumping.

Treatment with cupping is efficient for:
Muscle spasms and stiffness
Blood clotting
Pain in the neck and back.