A tiny needle can cure chronic disorders, says Dr. M B Prabhu who runs Sai Acupuncture clinic at Dhupem – Uccassaim, Mapusa.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture as the name suggests is the art of healing by pricking he body with a special kind of needle. In Chinese ‘acus’ means needle and ‘puncture’ is to prick. The science of acupuncture believes that there are 14 channels in human body through which energy qi (pronounced chi) in Chinese, which is the equivalent of Pran in Ayurveda, flows ceaselessly. This energy has positive and negative constituents called yang and yin in Chinese respectively. In a normally healthy person the two constituents are balanced. Any imbalance due to deficiency causes ailment. This ailment is corrected by regulating the flow of energy with the help of needles.
Acupuncture can treat diseases like polio, hemiplegia (half side paralysis), paralysis, arthritis, ear disorders, (deafness, ringing in the ear, discharge, loss of balance or giddiness) spondylosis, backache, sciatica, asthma, mental retardation, epilepsy, migraine, sinutis, impotence, menstrual disorders (White discharge, monthly period pain, etc.). Insomnia loss of sleep, diabetes, mellitus, hyper acidity, knee pain, joints pain and other chronic disorders can be cured by acupunctures treatments.
For example, the allopathic treatment for viral fever (flue) is by antibiotic which destroys the body resistance (WBC) while killing the virus. Although the temperature may decrease but the weakness persists and rest is required. But in acupuncture Homeostatic and immunity (body resistance) kills the virus, thus bringing the temperature down. Usually acupuncture is not administered on patients suffering from fever.
Acupuncture can also be effectively used in tobacco, alcohol and smoking addiction.
If allopecia is not hereditary it can be helped. Dandruff can also be got rid off.
Acupuncture has different advantages. There is no side effects in contrast to allopathic drugs.
Acupuncture effective in chronic cases like paralysis, polio, mental retardation, etc.
Poor country like India can save foreign exchange worth crores of rupees which is spent on import of western drugs.
Acupuncture cannot be tried in case of fractures etc.
History of acupuncture
Acupuncture actually originated in India. At the time of Mahabharata when Pitamaha Bhishma was shot with an arrow, he asked Arjun to give him a bed for sleeping. Arjun made a bed of arrows and Bhishma was kept lying on the bed of arrows without any pain and trouble till the end of war. The bed was made in such a war. The bed was made in such a way that arrows were pricking at the correct point of ‘Shira Vedh’ in Ayurveda. Though Arjun was able to give him Palang he gave him a throne of arrows this proves the existence of acupuncture at that time too. In ayurveda acupuncture might be known as Shiravedh.
For eg, fishermen who go for fishing after sunset have a good eye sight because they pierce their ears.
Raja maharajas in ancient times wore ballis in ears so as to increase sex desires.
Ladies use kumkum (not readymade tikli), nosering because these points are good for common cold and sinusitis, etc.
Even though acupuncture originated in India like Budhism it passed over to China where it has been practiced widely and systematically for hundreds of years.
Dr Prabhu always goes into deep study of traditional methods of treatment and our activities in day to day life and found so many similarities between old traditional methods of treatment and acupuncture therapies.
Acupuncture: If points are needled it becomes acupuncture. In the Himalayas people prick thorns and pointed stones to treat some disorders.
Moxibustion: We use moxa sticks to heat the points. In villages for faundice they burnt the skin with hot coin.
Cupping method: We use special cups and use suction pressure on the points.
This shows that this science is routinely used in our daily life.
Acupuncture requires a certain degree of skill and insight to select proper points, accurate location, required depth of needle and the right degree of stimulation.
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The minister was responding in the Rajya Sabha after members in unison expressed serious concern at the recent spate of kidnapping of school children and businessmen in the capital and demanded that capital punishment be prescribed to check this increasing social menace