Acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of mono
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The theories behind TCM date back thousands of years, and encompass the thought that our bodies have a life force which is an energy known as qi. This qi (pronounced 'chee') flows through our bodies via energy pathways.
Every pathway corresponds to a particular organ or group of organs that connect to a specific bodily function.
Tradtional Chinese medicine believes that good health and balance is achieved only when qi is allowed to flow properly. Qi represents the delicate balance of yin and yang which are complementary opposites.
According to this theory, imbalanced qi, whether it's too little, too much or blocked, causes disease. Acupuncture involves the placing of needles at specific pathway points in order to unblock the flow of energy and qi.
How does it work?
While acupuncture has been proven to be very successful in treating the symptoms of disease, how it works is still not yet fully understood.
However, scientific studies have shown evidence that acupuncture is effective in relieving pain and treating ailments. This makes it a popular alternative treatment for sufferers of mono.
One theory is that the needles work by stimulating the central nervous system. Chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones are then released, reducing pain levels and improving overall health.
Acupuncture and mono
Acupuncture treatments are usually tailored to the individual and their specific complaints and disharmony. As most mono patients suffer from extreme fatigue, acupuncture attempts to decrease the pain of symptoms and increase levels of energy.
Specific points are selected for placing the needles, according to the symptoms. Acupuncture can also be used to increase blood circulation and to regulate body temperature.
TCM believes that there are points on the body which regulate heat. Needles can be placed in these points for mono patients who are suffering from fevers.
How many treatments are needed?
Many people find that regular acupuncture helps to keep their bodies and health in balance. If you are receiving treatment for a specific condition, the number of treatments will depend on the complexity of your problems.
It may require several months of regular treatments to achieve good results for long term illnesses such as mono. However, even for a limited time, acupuncture can be beneficial in strengthening energy and reducing pain.
As yet, there are no specific scientific studies about the use of acupuncture for mono. However, anecdotal evidence from sufferers suggests that it may help to reduce symptoms, improve immunity levels and relieve some of the congestion in energy flow.
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