What is it?
Acupuncture has a 3,000-year history in traditional Chinese medicine. The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health say acupuncture is a good solution to many ailments including:
- chronic pain
- chronic fatigue
- emotional problems
- digestive disorders, etc.
But despite these benefits, acupuncture is not yet associated with the detoxification process, although it can be an extremely useful addition to any cleaning technique.
This practice has already gained considerable popularity in effectively supporting the symptoms of detoxification from addictive substances such as alcohol, caffeine, illicit drugs, medicines and nicotine. The typical procedure is performed by a trained acupuncture specialist under medical supervision. The patient chooses whether to lie down or sit down for a session generally lasting about 30-45 minutes.
How exactly does acupuncture help with detox?
Traditional Chinese medicine Existing for thousands of years, looks at the human body quite differently from Western medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are energy pathways connected to specific organs in the body.
When these paths or meridians and the energy passing through them are out of balance, then the body can become ill. Chinese medicine can offer treatments that help balance these organs and make your body function as it should.
In TKM the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of qi (pronounced “whose”) energy, blood and emotions. The liver is easily affected by excessive stress and uncontrolled emotions. It is paired with the gallbladder and both organs work very well together. When one is unbalanced, the other may show symptoms.
For example, if a person is constantly in a stressful situation, this can lead to a blockage of liver energy. When this happens, the gallbladder may be affected. It is not uncommon for people living in high stress to form gallstones. The liver blocks and emotions remain accumulated, which then manifests itself in pain and eventually in stones.
There are many methods to balance liver energy and restore proper flow throughout the body. Learning to be calm and channel our anger appropriately is a good start. Practice deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or even daily nature walks. All of these things are great for balancing stagnant energy in the liver.
Stagnant energy in the liver can also lead to pain in the body. Some of these may be:
- back pains
- neck pain
- severe menstrual pain
Acupuncture specialists can carry out treatments aimed at controlling pain to help you feel well as quickly as possible.
Regular acupuncture treatment is another great way to balance your liver energy. Regular acupuncture sessions help to balance the body overall and without real side effects Acupuncture can reduce pain and increase energy flow throughout the body, eliminate blockages and allow the liver to function properly, which it will eventually allow your body to detox more effectively.
What methods are applied and how do they work?
There are several acupuncture techniques that can be used to provide optimal individual care. Some of them are:
This is the most common type of acupuncture. It includes many fine steel needles that are inserted into different acupuncture points on the body. Each acupuncture point has a different therapeutic effect. Dots are literally all over the body from head to toe. The needles are so fine that only a very small discomfort is felt when inserting the needle. This type of acupuncture is used to treat most medical conditions.
Auricular acupuncture involves the use of specially designed acupuncture needles that are inserted into the outer ear. The ear is viewed as a “microsystem” of the whole body and is outlined in such a way as to accurately represent the body physically and metaphysically level – similar to homunculus, a term used to describe sensory and neural pathways in the brain.
For patients with chronic anxiety, for example, auriculotherapy shows anxiolytic effects, similar to those offered on a prescription. In contrast, auricular acupuncture does not inhibit the liver and put patients at increased risk for addiction.
It is associated with Body Acupuncture, where the electroacupuncture machine is attached to the top of the needles for body acupuncture. They are then stimulated by electric current. The patient feels a slight tingling sensation. This is useful in many medical conditions but is not appropriate for all people.
Here the acupuncture points are squeezed or massaged by the acupuncturist. In treating certain conditions, the therapist can teach the patient to find one or two key points and massage them alone. This is especially helpful in pain such as headaches and migraines.
Acupuncture with a Cup (Cupping)
Here, along with acupuncture, glass or bamboo cups are used. The therapist ignites a flame and places it in the cup briefly. This causes oxygen in the cup to burn and creates a vacuum effect. The cup is then quickly placed on the desired area. Vacuum in the cup causes a suction effect.
The cups can feel quite tight on the skin and can even feel a slight pinching. After a session, bruising or discoloration may sometimes appear on the area where the cup was placed. This is exactly where the vacuum effect has brought blood to the surface of the skin.
It’s not painful, but it’s usually done on areas that are easy to cover, like the back. This type of acupuncture greatly enhances the therapeutic benefit of treating certain conditions involving Qi stagnation or energy.
Used with needles, magnets can be placed near or near the treated meridians. Since our bodies hold a certain amount of magnetic energy, it is believed that placing these magnets can help restore Qi balance by tuning the magnetic fields. This method opens the blocked paths of Qi with acupuncture needles and balances the magnetic fields, restoring overall health.
Side effects and contraindications
There are possible side effects that you may experience from acupuncture. They include:
- bruises on the skin
- redness of the skin
- every rash
- intestinal obstruction
- mood swings
- weight loss
- muscle pain
- excessive sweating
- nerve damage
- organ injury
- shortness of breath
- death (very rare)
Your acupuncturist’s skill level and experience will influence whether you are more or less likely to get unwanted side effects from this therapy. But if you go for an inexperienced acupuncture practitioner without a valid certificate, you risk getting adverse reactions and side effects.
The specific parameters associated with your acupuncture session can also influence the side effects you experience. These parameters include: type of stimulation, stimulated locations, regular duration of the acupuncture session, and intensity of stimulation.
Other parameters that can influence the onset and / or severity of side effects include: body positioning and / or therapeutic supplements (eg, essential oils).
Another thing to keep in mind is that many individuals can get acupuncture from the same practitioner stimulating the same area of the body, at the same time between sessions and for the same cumulative duration – but, regardless from this, completely different side effects can be observed.
One person may eventually experience severe nausea, while another may experience severe pain. Differences in side effects may be due to individual factors such as:
- disease states
- sensitivity to pain
- mental state
There are many ways that you can reduce the side effects caused by acupuncture. Do acupuncture only with a properly trained practitioner and report any discomfort immediately. You may also find that changing the type of therapy or stimulation area can affect the side effects you are experiencing.
Unless you share your discomfort with the acupuncturist, it will be more difficult for him to minimize the risk of side effects. For example, if you are in a uncomfortable situation, you experience severe pain from stimulation, or the type of needle used is causing you pain – inform the practitioner immediately.
Communication will help reduce discomfort, pain will prevent serious injury. Also, remember to inform your acupuncturist about your medical conditions to reduce the likelihood of adverse outcomes. Help him understand your need for this therapy.
Also, ask your doctor before you decide to go for an acupuncture session. This is probably the most effective way to minimize the likelihood of side effects. Your doctor should ensure that acupuncture stimulation is safe for you based on your current state of health.
He may recommend that you avoid acupuncture because of your specific medical condition, medical history, such as recent surgery, age, or if you have cardiomegaly (enlarged heart). But it is also possible to recommend that you avoid acupuncture stimulation only near the heart.
Finally, we will conclude that the results of acupuncture are strictly individual, which means that you have to decide if it is for you by following your intuition and the advice of your doctor.