• In India Acupuncture is accepted as a mode of therapy. In this direction, the Central Health Ministry had issued order vide their No. R.14015/25/96-U&H(R)(Pt) dt. 25/11/2003.
  • In Maharashtra state also the Acupuncture is accepted as a mode of therapy vide the Maharashtra Acupuncture System of Therapy Act, 2015 (Mah. Act No. XXV of 2017) from 3rd April 2017.

One must visit the clinic of the acupuncturist and verify the practice and experience of the acupuncturist. For that matter the patients who received the treatment can also be interviewed. The doubts can be resolved from the acupuncturist.

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In most of the cases acupuncture can cure or raise the comfort level of the patient. However, to avoid the recurrence, the patient must avoid the cause of the disease or ailment.

There is no age limit for acupuncture treatment. However, the treatment is not recommended to the newborns, aged and the person who are very weak.

The patient is asked to take a suitable position (posture) in order to maintain the comfort level during the treatment session, and the needling can be carried with minimum pain. The site of needling is then sterilized with cotton and sprit or suitable medium.

During the session the patient should not talk or make any movements unless he is asked to do so. The movements made by the patient after needling can cause pain or some other complications.

At the end of the treatment, after removal of the needles, the needled points are massaged with sterilized piece of cotton wool. This is done to prevent the infection and the escape of the vital energy.

The session is continued for 20 to 45 minutes as per requirement. In acute cases, 2 or 3 sessions are carried out in a day. It is observed that after needling, the secretion of hormones, chemicals and painkiller such as endorphins is induced. The rate of secretion increases in first 10 minutes and settles in the next 10 minutes.

The treatment sessions are carried out for 7, 10 or 15 days, daily, or every alternate day or every third day. Then the period of 7 to 10 days rest is given to allow for further improvements and thereafter the patient is reviewed and if required, the further course of action is decided.

There are no side effects of acupuncture. However, there can be accidents due to improper or careless needling by the acupuncturist. Sometimes the incidents of bleeding, swelling at the needling point can be seen but it is a temporary effect. The patient may faint if is weak and treated with empty stomach.

Yes. This can be combined with other treatments. One can continue his other treatments but he must inform the therapist. In case of disorders like High / Low Blood Pressure, Diabetes the patient should not withdraw the drugs without consulting.

The needles do not contain any medicine. But after needling, the secretion of hormones, chemicals and painkillers such as endorphins is induced and sent to the desired site. However, there is a separate branch called Homeo-Acupuncture. Wherein, the needles are dipped in the mother tincture (homeopathic medicine) and then inserted in to the patient's body.

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, the patient may feel a slight pain like insect bite that to at the time of insertion only.

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, normally bleeding does not occur at the time of insertion of needle.

If good acupuncturist inserts the needles, normally bleeding does not occur at the time of removal of needle. However in some instances few drops may be found.

Generally, the acupuncturists use the disposable sterilized needles and discard them after single use. In such case, there is no possibility of AIDS or other diseases due to needles.

No. The good quality needles do not break easily.

Yes. If the needles are reused it can be rust in certain weather conditions. However, the reputed acupuncturist discards the needles after single use.

In earlier days the stimulation was given manually by rotating and thrusting the needle. Now the electrical stimulation is commonly used to enhance the effect of acupuncture. The practitioner decides the necessity and type of stimulation.

During the session the patient should not talk or make any movement unless he is asked to do so. The movements made by patient after needling can cause pain or some other complications. The patient must follow the code of conduct given in this book.

Sometimes the incidents of bleeding, swelling at the needling point can happen but it is a temporary effect. Sometimes the patient may vomit. The patient may faint if is weak and treated on empty stomach. In some cases, the pain may aggravate for couple of days then subsequently it is subsided.

Yes. The Diabetes patient can be treated with acupuncture treatment. In fact, it is observed that, after needling, the sugar level is reduced.

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