WHO officially recognizes Traditional Medicine and all its components as SCIENCE on par with academic medicine!
Traditional Medicine is part of a coherent system together with Academic Medicine. Together they make up the so-called. “Integrated Medicine. According to WHO recommendations, full implementation of all legal aspects is expected by 2024. A recent meeting of scientists from 178 countries around the world has given rise to a new definition of acupuncture. Here it is:
The acupuncture treatment involves inserting a specially made needle into a well-defined area of the body to relieve pain in another area. The resulting nerve impulses run to the spinal cord and through pathways within the spinal cord reach the center where the area of the body affected by pain is represented. The center stimulates inhibitory interneurons, which block the flow of pain impulses of second-order neurons. Come the insertion of the needle itself is painful, this pain is disproportionately less than the pain against which this pain is directed. Acupuncture’s other mechanisms of action involve stimulating the brain centers responsible for suppressing pain.
Central pain suppression system. II mechanism of action of acupuncture.
The sensation of pain can be reduced due to the action of pain-suppressing centers. Chief among them is the periventricular gray matter, which affects the great sutural nucleus and nuclei in the ventral-lateral part of the medulla oblongata. Serotonergic nerve fibers exit from the great sutural nucleus, and noradrenergic fibers exit from the medulla oblongata, which inhibit the flow of pain sensory impulses in the dorsal horns of the spinal cord.
Reduction in pain sensitivity, or analgesia, occurs under stress and emotional arousal, such as during sports competitions, in soldiers during combat, and during orgasm. Pain-suppressing centers are also stimulated by pain impulses that travel from pain-sensing pathways via the shunts to the periaqueductal gray matter, the great suture nucleus and the nuclei in the ventral-lateral part of the medulla oblongata.
Traditional Medicine scientifically proven!
Via these centers, pain impulses already generated can, by negative feedback, reduce further stimulation of the spinal pain centers. It is on this mechanism that the second, cerebral mechanism of acupuncture’s analgesic effect is based, since part of the impulses triggered by the insertion of an acupuncture needle reach precisely the periaqueductal gray matter.
What to expect
How quickly can acupuncture help?
Depending on the condition and its complexity, treatment can yield results after just a few or a dozen treatments. It all depends on the susceptibility to treatment, the experience of the acupuncturist and the methods used to help.
Does inserting the needle hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin. More than 20 times thinner than an injection needle and 40 times sharper and with no internal perforations – this is solid surgical steel. The placement of a needle at a specific point can be compared to the bite of a small mosquito. In most cases, however, the insertion of the needle will not be felt.
How many needles are used per treatment?
As a rule, 5 to 25 needles are used. For specialized treatments like cosmetic acupuncture, the number of needles can be as high as 200.
Is it possible to contract viruses during the procedure?
Acupuncture needles used in treatments at our office are professional products from the world’s largest company CLOUD&DRAGON. These are needles packaged each separately, double-sterilized, with all legally required certificates and approvals: ISO, GMP, HCCP.
How long does an acupuncture treatment take?
The acupuncture treatment takes about 30 minutes.
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