What is acupuncture-reflexotherapy?

Acupuncture is one of the best known branches of complementary medicine. Acupuncture, reflexotherapy is the method of treatment in which special ultra-thin needles of different length are inserted at biologically active points. Acupuncture has originated in China for over 5000 years ago and is a very important part of traditional Chinese medicine (also called Eastern). This method today is also very popular in the Western world. A lot of discussion in the Western countries is held about the mechanism of acupuncture action and efficacy. In some cases it is stated that acupuncture has not any effect, in other cases that its effect to people depends on the extent they believe in it, and in some other cases that acupuncture acts reflexively as well as induces release of biologically active substances and has an impact on the changes of an electromagnetic field. It is recognized that the single theory fully explaining the mechanism of acupuncture action does not exist.

What problems of health may be treated with the help of this method?

Acupuncture is effective in treatment of individuals who suffer from:

Treatment of pain of different origin,

Insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression,

Arterial hypertension, vegetodystonia,

Allergic diseases, skin diseases,

Gynaecologic diseases (premenstrual syndrome, amenorrhea),

Overweight (improves metabolism),

Problems of skin, hair and nail condition.

Acupuncture is of help in strengthening immunity, improving blood and lymph metabolism, stimulating the release of collagen, facial skin firming, improving the tone of facial and neck muscles. The course is 12-15 procedures.

What patients with health problems cannot undergo this procedure?

The acupuncture procedures are not recommended in the following cases: the recently performed facial procedures, e.g., botulinum toxin injections, diabetes mellitus, cardiac diseases, pregnancy, tumours, infectious diseases, psychic disorders, and high temperature.

In 2010 acupuncture was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a humanity treasure and this method was inscribed in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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