Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a medical treatment that has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries as well as now around the world. It is used as a method of treating and preventing disease. Acupuncture treatment involves the installation of fine, sterile tiny needles into specific sites ( Acupuncture points) along the body meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the individual.

The reccommended theory of Acupuncture is based on the conclusion that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are needed for health. Interruptions of this flow are considered to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture modifies imbalances of flow at familiar points on the skin. Today, Acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is as used by people whole around the world.

Acupuncture tiny needles are so fine that there is no discomfort when they are inserted but hook tingle (known as filling device sensation) may be experienced. The tiny needles are usually left in for approximately twenty minutes to more; make your best effort there may be a heaviness of the hands or legs and a feeling of relaxation. Your doctor and practitioner may also stimulate the Acupuncture points using other methods, such as moxibustion (a traditional technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb used to facilitate healing), cupping and electro-stimulation etc. in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

Since Acupuncture and moxibustion Medicine promotes your bodys natural healing ability, many conditions can be treated. It is also a thorough system of preventive health care and maintenance. The effectiveness of Acupuncture is well-documented. Throughout its long history, Acupuncture has generated a solid reputation as an excellent alternative for health care that truly works, and is very effective to treat some diseases, where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed.

An Acupuncture medicine doctor should possess adequate knowledge and experience for providing proper treatment to his/her patients. To avoid the unwanted complications in Acupuncture treatment please avoid taking treatment by quack and fake Acupuncturist. There are many around us without proper qualifications. Because inadequate knowledge and experience can result in serious medical problems.

The world Health Organization appreciates Acupuncture as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Demos, the Who has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions which were shown through controlled demos to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:

low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis knee, knee pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, dental pain, tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), morning sickness, nausea and nausea, postoperative pain, stroke, essential hypertension, primary hypotension, renal colic, leucopenia, effects to radiation or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, including crecen feeling sick, biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), extreme bacillary dysentery, primary dysmenorrhea, extreme epigastralgia, peptic ulcer, extreme and chronic gastritis.

In the field of Acupuncture the right clinical experiments have been completed, and there has also been some follow-up assessment of many of the conditions which were treated by Acupuncture Doctors. Some diseases are more successfully treated by Acupuncture and Moxibustion where other methods of treatment could not achieve good result or failed. Though this method of treatment had been started in our country but due to quite less number of scientifically qualified Acupuncture doctors available in our country and lack of proper perception about the employment of this method in some specific diseases, the patients are depriving from the advantages of Acupuncture & Moxibustion treatment.

So, I have made an attempt to provide little information about the effects of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in few diseases. Many of the facts and figures offered in the following sections are the results of my own experience and clinical demos carried out in China among others countries.

Diseases of the Muscles, Our bones and Joints:
The muscles, our bones and joints are usually called collectively the musculo-skeletal system. When disease or damage occurs to this system it nearly always results in pain, and most people use words such as rheumatism or arthritis to describe this type of pain.

There are three main types of damage that occur to the musculo-skeletal system; is a rapid injury or sprain that will be a domestic injury, or might be received during a sporting activity or in a car accident. This usually causes local pain and bruising lasting for a few days, or even a couple of weeks or more. The other main group is arthritis and this can be divided into two important types, Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sprains: Sudden injury or sprains usually respond well to Acupuncture. The pain resulting from a sprained shoulder, ankle etc will often continue for some days or weeks after the initial injury. Once a clear prognosis has been made Acupuncture can usually be applied to ease this type of pain.

The experience of a many of Acupuncture doctors, demonstrates, of the people treated for different acutely painful conditions, about 75 percent obtain speedi and significant comfort. If a fracture of the bone occurs then the comfort gained from Acupuncture is less effective than if the injury is due to a strain or split of the muscles, tendons or ligaments. The main advantage of treating these extreme pains with Acupuncture is that chronic pain can be avoided. A rapid shoulder injury may produce pain and immobility for many months, sometimes years, but if Acupuncture is used when the pain occurs then it seems that chronic pain may be avoided.

Arthritis: Arthritis and the rheumatic pains that result from this type of joint damage are a common problem. People frequently complain that their arthritic knee pain is worse in cold or damp weather and this demonstrates quite clearly the origin of the concept of pathogens in traditional medicine. The pathogen in arthritis is practically always cold or damp and therefore these pains should be treated by moxibustion.

A great deal of research work has been done to analyze the effects of Acupuncture on the pain caused by arthritis. Clinical demos have been completed on knee, trendy, knee, neck and lower back pain, and the information from these demos demonstrates significant comfort can be achieved in about 75 % of those who receive Acupuncture. Some work suggests that only 50 % of people benefit from Acupuncture while other demos show 92 % of the patients benefiting. Acupuncture also has a ‘magical quality’ that drugs do not have, it’s the same difficult to correct the effects of the ‘magic’ as compared to the real effects of Acupuncture. In spite of these problems, Acupuncture is a secure and efficient form of treatment for arthritis.