What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originates from China, where it has been practiced for thousands of years.
There are some records of acupuncture being used also in Europe, and as far back as hundreds of years. However, it has only been since the second half of the twentieth century that it has really started spreading in Western Europe and North America.
Acupuncture involves the introduction of very thin sterile needles through the skin, in specific points of the body, and at various depths. It is not well understood how acupuncture works scientifically. However, we do know that it does have therapeutic benefits.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, perfect conditions of health for both body and mind can only be obtained when there is a harmonious balance and flow of energies through the organism.
These energy flows follow the path of 12 meridians which correspond to our internal organs. The meridians extend vertically, bilaterally and symmetrically and connect with the internal organs and among each other under the surface.
How does it work?
Acupunture acts by rebalancing the organism’s functions, so its effects are not limited to treating the symptom but rather it acts directly on the cause of discomfort, therefore helping the body heal and strengthening the immune system.
Although acupuncture needles are only placed superficially in the skin, their effects act by reflex and positively affect deep internal organs.
In 1991 the WHO (World Health Organisation) recognised the therapeutic effectiveness of Acupuntcure as a treatment for many diseases.
Thereafter, in 1997, The WHO also reported the absence of any scientifically demonstrated side effects of Acupuncture as a medical treatment, when carried out by expert Professionals.
In Italy only Medical Doctors with specific training can be licensed as Acupuncturists and the majority of Acupuncture Schools are part of the Italian Federation of Acunpuncture (F.I.S.A.), which guides and uniforms course contents so as to ensure good standards of preparation and updating.
When is acupunture useful?
This traditional Chinese tecnique is today recognised for its theraputical effectiveness. In particular, the following conditions have been proved to be improved or cured by acupuncture:
Bone and Joint problems:
• nack and upper limb pain; hip pain
• dorsal pain, lower back pain dorsolombalgia and sciatalgia (back pain)
• joint and muscular strains
Obstetrical and gynecological dysfuntions and conditions:
• amenorrhea (absence of periods)
• dismenorrhea (menstrual pain)
• menopause symptoms
• premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
• leucorrhea (vaginal discharge)
Mental health problems:
Acupuncture increases a number of central nervous system hormones (ACTH, beta-endorphins, serotonin, and noradrenaline) and can help in the treatment of:
• stress, anxiety and depression
• obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• acute and chronic brochitis
• respiratory allergies
Bladder and digestive system issues:
• nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
• nausea and vomiting
• abdominal pain
• trigeminal neuralgia
• facial paralysis
• migraines and headaches
• post-herpes neuralgia
Otolaryngology and Oral conditions:
• toothache and oral pain
• Ear pain
• hearing impairment and tinnitus
• Herpes Zoster
About Our Acupuncturists:
All our Acupuncture Specialists are
- Fully registered and insured Doctors
- Vetted with a full background check, reference check and interview with our managing Doctors
- Selected for their high levels of experience
Our acupuncturists also work together within a multidisciplinary team and have tight-knit connections to the main hospitals in Milan and Rome, so they can plan your care around your individual needs.
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