acupuncture points

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ac·u·punc·ture points

(ak'yū-pungk'shŭr poynts)
Points on the body surface at which acupuncture is believed to correct disturbances of energy flow associated with disease.


the Chinese practice of inserting needles into specific points (acupoints) along the 'meridians' of the body and manipulated to relieve the discomfort associated with painful disorders, to induce surgical anesthesia, and for preventive and therapeutic purposes. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects by the conduction of electromagnetic signals at a greater-than-normal rate, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins and immune system cells, at specific sites in the body. Studies have also shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and affecting sensory perception and involuntary body functions. In recent years, the techniques have been adapted for use in veterinary medicine.

acupuncture instruments
includes cups for vacuum creation, needles, hot needles, moxibustion, electronic heating devices, coolant spray, ultrasound, electroacupuncture machines, laser equipment.
acupuncture points
See accumulation points, alarm points, association points, auricular points, diagnostic points, horary points, local points, luo points, sedation points, source points, special action points, tonification points.
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The stimuli generated by the insertion of an acupuncture needle to the acupuncture point first reaches the cortex and activates the pain control system via stimulation of the mesencephalic periaquaductal gray matter and periventricular neurons.
When you use magnetic therapy on acupuncture points, it "turns on" the electromagnetic fields in the body's fluids.
Sabrina says the treatment stimulates acupuncture points and aids blood flow.
We use light instead of lasers because in children the acupuncture points are not as deep as in adults and therefore lasers aren't required to penetrate the skin," says Dr Raman.
Acupuncture treatment was administered in a well-known acupuncture point in the knee.
Acupressure involves a physical pressure applied to the acupuncture points by hand, elbow, or various devices.
Diagnosis continues with Katie checking my back's acupuncture points for signs of imbalance.
While traditional acupuncturists insert needles in acupuncture points located along what they describe as 'energy meridians' - a concept for which many scientists say there is no evidence - sham acupuncture places needles away from these points.
AI said the combination of air pressure, vibration and infra-red heat compression focused on acupuncture points to improve circulation, sleep quality, black eye circles and wrinkles.
Furthermore, acupuncture points were not standardised in many of the studies and duration of intervention varied between studies.
In this therapy, laser energy is applied to certain acupuncture points, which is absorbed by the nerve cells under the skin which subsequently stimulate the endorphins from the brain which help block out the cravings while leaving you with a feeling of well being.