Do It Yourself Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical conditions. It stimulates points on the body to alleviate pain. Developed in China centuries ago it has been found to be effective in treating pain and nausea. As an alternative medicine practice, acupuncture has been found to be very effective in treating chronic pain.
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians.
Nowadays, acupuncture can be done the DIY way without needles. Though it is best to consult an acupuncturist before you attempt DIY acupuncture. There are more than 365 acupuncture points in the body and it is important that you are able to identify the points that can help you feel better. This can be difficult though, it is possible, even if you are not an expert. Color-coded needles are the best for DIY acupuncture. The tips have their own color which matches the sizes of the needles. This way, you will easily learn which among them come with the size you need for a particular point in the body.
Acupressure is as effective as acupuncture, without needles. Acupressure involves pressing or massaging the acupuncture points to stimulate energy pathways. Tapping is another variation for doing acupuncture without needles. It releases emotional issues that are blocking the energy flow. Tapping helps to calm the nervous system and also deactivates the body’s fight or flight response.
Alternative medicine is seen as a way to treat ailment but its efficacy has not been proven. Acupuncture doesn’t have any ill effects and is known to relieve pain and other health conditions too.