A little history, a little philosophy
When you think of Acupuncture, you might instantly picture several needles pricking your body. How could something so seemingly painful offer in fact, complete pain relief and relaxation? The answer lies in aligning your Qi.
To understand what your Qi (pronounced chi) is, it is helpful to know that acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. And Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that the universe and the body, exist in terms of two opposing forces known as the yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy.
Qi is the energy that flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout your body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. Today however, thanks to the pressures of modern day society, the flow of energy gets disrupted and blocked. This may lead to pain, lack of proper body function, or illness.
Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, releasing the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific areas on your body commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. These points are seen as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Your qi is accessed through 350 different acupoints in the body, stimulated by the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin, at various depths. The stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body’s natural painkillers.
Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may also be used to further enhance the effects. The needles when inserted into these points with appropriate combinations, is said to bring back the energy flow into proper balance.
What can be treated by acupuncture?
Studies show how acupuncture show successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
Acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system have been positive and reaffirming in modern medicine. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and sense emotional and physical of well-being
How many treatments will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments may differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
Is it painful?
Most people feel minimal discomfort or no pain at all, as the fine needles are placed very gently into your body. The needles are usually retained between 5 and 30 minutes, during which, people report that they in fact feel relaxed and reinvigorated.
How do I choose the right professional to help me?
At Euromed, a premier multi-specialty family clinic in Dubai, we’ve made the choice easy for you. Dr. Bahjat Balbous, one of the finest psychiatrists in Dubai, brings 25 years of international clinical experience in the Psychiatry field to advise the appropriate relief therapy for your physical and emotional well being.
The best way to discover if acupuncture is right for you is to schedule a visit at Euromed and meet with Dr. Bahjat today!