The term acupuncture translated from Latin literally means “inserting needles”. It is a technique in which certain parts of the body, the so-called acupuncture points are treated with special needles. As with all healing methods in Chinese medicine, the purpose of acupuncture is to harmonize the flow of Qi (vital force) in the body and restore the disturbed balance.

Nowadays, acupuncture is widespread throughout the world, including developed countries such as the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, and Western Europe. It is constantly evolving and thanks to this development, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, ultrasonic acupuncture, auriculoacupuncture, magnetic therapy, and many others have been developed.

Main conditions treated by acupuncture:

  1. Diseases of the peripheral nervous system with sensory and motor disorders: radiculitis (including due to discopathy), plexitis, neuritis and polyneuritis, intercostal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paresis, and paralysis, etc.
  2. Nervous system functional disorders: neuroses, depression, anxiety, tics, neurotic tremor, etc.
  3. Autonomic nervous system disorders: Meniere’s syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, limb polyneuropathy, migraine, etc.
  4. Allergic diseases: vasomotor rhinitis, hay fever, bronchial asthma, neurodermatitis, urticaria, and eczema.
  5. Cardiovascular disorders: Hypertension of 1st and 2nd grade, arterial hypotension, initial stages of atherosclerosis, cardiac neurosis, angina.
  6. Gastrointestinal tract disorders: gastric and duodenal ulcers, spastic colitis or so-called irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, biliary dyskinesia, etc.
  7. Musculoskeletal system disorders affecting the muscles, tendons, and joints.

Other conditions treated with acupuncture:

  1. Conditions after diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord (most often of vascular, infectious, and traumatic nature).
  2. Endocrine disorders, including thyrotoxicosis and diabetes mellitus.
  3. Hormonal cycle disorders associated with menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, menopause, etc.
  4. Biliary, renal, and gastrointestinal colic.
  5. Some eye diseases, such as conjunctivitis, initial cataracts, myopia, and retinal degeneration.

Contraindications to acupuncture treatment:

  1. Malignant diseases.
  2. Pregnancy.
  3. Acute infectious diseases.
  4. Active forms of tuberculosis.
  5. Conditions after a heart attack.
  6. Cardiovascular and respiratory failure.
  7. Acute mental agitation.
  8. Pronounced cachexia (weight loss).
  9. Physical exhaustion.
  10. Lymphatic drainage