Acupuncture is an old Chinee medical method that still prevails in Eastern medicine today. It is based on ancient philosophies, and new research reveals its principle of action, which has long been unknown. This is a therapeutic technique by which the needle is inserted into the specific points on the skin of the patient to establish the balance of “Qi”, vital energy flowing through the body. It is used in combination with diagnostic techniques in the treatment of neurological, rheumatic, allergic and many other diseases.

The original name of acupuncture in Chinese “zheniju”, which translates to “golden mine”, while the term “acupuncture” is derived from the Latin words “acus” – the needle and the “pungere” – to put on. The term was first used by a Dutchman Willem Ten Rhijne.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1979 recommended over 50 acupuncture treatments, and in 1996 the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended acupuncture to be a safe medical instrument.

Indications for acupuncture are primarily musculoskeletal disorders, primarily acute conditions: soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, sprains. In chronic diseases of musculoskeletal system, acupuncture is applied in addition to other therapies such as physical therapy. Beside disease in musculoskeletal system, acupuncture is now successfully used in respiratory, gastrointestinal, gynecological, genitourinary and neurological diseases. The proven performance acupuncture has in side effects of chemotherapy, post surgery pain, osteoarthritis, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

 

The World Health Organization list is based on clinical experience. These are acupuncture treatments approved by WHO:

 

  1. Upper respiratory tract:

  • acute sinusitis
  • acute mucosal inflammation (rhinitis)
  • a common cold
  • acute inflammation of the tonsillitis

 

  1. Respiratory system:

  • acute bronchitis
  • asthma

 

  1. Eye:

  • acute inflammation of eye connectors
  • central retinitis
  • childhood myopia
  • uncomplicated cataracts

 

  1. Mouth:

  • toothache
  • pain after tooth extraction
  • inflammation of the gingivitis
  • acute inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis)

 

  1. Digestive tract:

  • esophageal spasm
  • gastritis
  • acute ulcer of duodenum
  • chronic duodenal ulcer
  • acute colitis
  • chronic colitis
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • constipation
  • diarrhea

 

  1. Neuromuscular system:

  • headache / migraine
  • paresis after a stroke
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • poliomyelitis
  • Menier’s disease
  • neurogenic bladder
  • cervical stenosis
  • sciatica
  • frozen shoulder
  • “tennis” elbow
  • limbo spinal area pain
  • osteoarthritis