Understanding Acupuncture

Feb 13

Understanding Acupuncture

You may have heard about acupuncture as a treatment for different health conditions, and may have even considered trying it out for yourself. Acupuncture is a popular healing method under traditional Chinese medicine, and if you’re curious about this amazingly effective therapy, look no further- read on to know more about the basics of acupuncture and how you can use it to deal with conditions like tinnitus, fertility, anxiety and acne.


Acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure under traditional Chinese medicine, which involves the use of microscopic needles to stimulate particular points on the body and boost the healthy flow of qi (the life force energy which flows through all the organs of the body, and nourishes them) throughout the body.

Skeptics have often compared this healing practice to no more effective than a placebo, however, several studies have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for various disorders, over which we elaborate further in the article.

Acupuncture for tinnitus

Tinnitus, commonly known for the typical ringing sensation in the ears, can be irritating and may make it difficult for you to concentrate on important stuff that needs your attention. Using acupuncture for tinnitus, you can almost instantly get rid of that ringing sensation, and without any side effects whatsoever.

Basically, tinnitus is believed to arise out of a depleted flow of energy to the kidneys, and acupuncture works by strengthening the kidneys and restoring the flow of energy to them. Here is a simple point you can stimulate using light pressure by your fingers itself.

Place the index fingers of each of your hands on the area right beside each ear (where the face meets the ear) and using gentle pressure, glide over this area, looking for indentions or elevations and sensitive areas. Massage these areas for 2-3 minutes. Do not practice acupuncture on yourself using needles- you need to have professional experience to try that.

Acupuncture for anxiety

Anxiety, stress and depression are common today owing to the fast-paced life. What’s even more concerning is the fact that stress is linked to many health problems, some of them particularly severe. Thankfully using acupuncture for anxiety, stress and other mental problems is a safe and effective method.

Acupuncture practices are known to promote relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress and depression of upto a whopping 94.9 percent. While you do need to seek the services of a professional acupuncturist to get yourself an acupuncture session; you can always try stimulating these points using your finger instead- you’ll definitely notice improved mood, reduced stress and anxiety, and a positive mind frame.

You can also try stimulating these points using gentle pressure of your fingers to relieve anxiety and stress almost instantly.

Crooked Marsh: Stimulating this point, which is located on the inside of the arm, near the elbow crease on the lower side (when the arm is bent), can help curb stomach upset, chest discomfort, anxiety, nervousness and stress.

Inner Gate: This point can be located right in the center of the inner side of the forearm. Stimulating this point is believed to relieve anxiety, nausea and wrist pain.

Acupuncture for fertility

Couples wishing to conceive can benefit a lot by using acupuncture for fertility. Several studies have shown how acupuncture managed to raise the conception rates of couples by upto 26%, which is definitely a commendable achievement. Acupuncture practices improve fertility by boosting the flow of blood to the reproductive organs, making them stronger and increases the chances of fertilization.

Stress and hormonal imbalance are two other major causes of infertility, and acupuncture works by relieving stress and regulating the production of hormones associated with the reproductive system, thereby increasing the couple’s chances of conceiving.

These two acupuncture points, when stimulated, are believed to be amazingly effective in boosting fertility. Make sure you seek the services of a qualified healthcare professional for these points.

  • Stomach 30- Located 5 inches below the belly button
  • Ren 4- Located in the midline, 2 inches below the belly button
  • Third eye point- between the two eyebrows

Acupuncture for acne 

Acne problems affect millions of teens worldwide, and is particularly concerning since it affects the face more prominently than any other part of the body. While many beauty products and skincare treatments do work in reducing the appearance of scars and acne boils, nothing beats acupuncture for acne.

Acupuncture prevents and treats acne in the most safe, side-effect-free way, and is amazingly effective too! It is important that you visit a qualified healthcare practitioner to seek advice regarding the use of acupuncture for acne to rule out any possible complications. Here we’ve listed down some points used during acupuncture for acne treatment- you can stimulate these points yourself using your fingers.

Third eye point: This point is located in the space between your eyebrows- right where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead. Directly below this point lies the pituitary gland, which when stimulated, helps boost skin health. This is why stimulating this point can not just regulate hormonal balance, but also prevent formation of acne and other skin disorders.

Four whites: You can locate this point one finger width below lower ridge-like area of the socket of the eye. Position your finger in the center of this area such that it is in line with the iris of eye. Stimulating this point is thought to help clear acne and facial blemishes and promote overall skin health.

Though these points are best stimulated using special needles used in acupuncture, you can also stimulate them using a gentle pressure from the tips of your fingers.

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