Acupuncture being so popular and least harmful, there are
many misconceptions about it. To summarize, I have given
following facts, one must know about Acupuncture.
and Acupuncture are based on the same principles with
the difference that Acupressure is used for prevention
of diseases and treats only miner & superficial diseases.
Acupuncture treats and even cures deep seated system diseases.
is a home remedy system that can be given by any non
medico, while Acupuncture is given by only doctors
is not symptomatic relief. It is holistic in its diagnosis,
treatment and effects. So whatever the effects are experienced,
those all are not symptomatic, rather curative.
does not relieve pain . Since pain is the byproduct
of disease, so relief in pain is due to control or cure
does not give relief in one sitting. Onset of its
beneficial effects may take different time in different
is no effect of food or drinks on Acupuncture needling.
You can go for Acupuncture treatment just after meals
or can take meal just after Acupuncture.
of penetration of acupuncture needle varies with the
Acupuncture point and the patients’ built. Certain points
are superficial so needling is not so deep as compared
to certain other points. If patient is obese, depth has
to be increased.
can be given at any time round the clock as per
point may not be close to diseased part. Instead,
needling may be quite far from diseased part e.g. for
headache needling can be done on foot.
side may be needled. Acupuncture point selected for
needling may be opposite to the involved site e.g. in
right sided facial paralysis, needling can be done on
of needle will not influence the effects. Effects
will be the same if needle is made up of stainless steel
of needles will not influence the results. What matters
is only penetration of needle to correct depth. So, for
needling one inch deep, we may use 1.5 inch long needle
as well as 4 inch long needle.
time of retaining needles is usually 20-40 minutes.
About 70% of needling effect comes in first 20 minutes.
Next 20 minutes gives only 20 % effect.
effects are not temporary. Acupuncture effects
depend upon the disease. Many diseases need booster courses
for the homeostasis to be maintained. Usually this is
needed in age related degenerative diseases like osteo
courses are given once in 1-3 yrs. depending upon
case to case.
one course may be enough in many diseases. Patient
may not need any booster course e.g. facial paralysis,
frozen shoulder etc.
Acupuncture can not treat all diseases. Like any
other system, this also has its limitations.
Acupuncture can not avoid surgery if it is mandatory.
during treatment period does not cause any bad effect.
It only decreases and delays the response of Acupuncture
but never causes any bad effects.
may not come in smooth way. Acupuncture usually responds
in jig zag pattern but net response will be certainly
positive. At one occasion patient may feel 50% relief
and the next day may feel pain, back to 20% but at the
end, the net effect will certainly be much better.
in pain after acupuncture sitting never shows that
acupuncture does not suit. Rather such patients respond
to acupuncture better than others. In such cases only
soft needling is needed with no stimulation.
is not safe if given by non medicos. Since many needles
are pierced inside human body, one should select only
that practitioner who is basically a qualified doctor.
Also, such doctor should be trained in Acupuncture from
Internationally recognized teaching centre.
Stimulation is not dangerous at all. Electric current
used is very mild and the purpose is to just stimulate
the acupuncture points.
a few points are stimulated. Many points are not stimulated
by electrostimulator. Only one or two pairs are stimulated
at one time. Usually we do not use more than 3 pairs for
patients may not respond without any reason. Even
if the disease in question must respond to Acupuncture,
few patients just do not respond at all. Neither the physician
nor the patient can be held responsible for this failure.