Everyone, at some point in their lives, will face stress ... or even stress. The causes are diverse. This stress can be punctual, in case of exams for example, or be present on a longer period (too much pressure at work, problems within his couple ...).
When this stress persists, solutions exist to limit its effects, its consequences on the body that reacts in different ways. Among these solutions: acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine with Chinese pharmacopoeia, exercises (Qi Gong type) and massage. Through the use of needles, the acupuncturist doctor stitches the patient to specific places to restore harmony to the body.
The principles of acupuncture
Chinese medicine is based on the concept of vital energy, called Qi (pronounced Tchi), and its declination in characters Yin (sky, cold, stillness, night, etc.) and Yang (earth, hot, movement, day, etc. .).
The body is considered as a whole. Chinese medicine is based on the inter-relations existing between the different organic systems of the body. These organic systems have broader functions than those defined in Western medicine. They always have a Yin look and a Yang look.
Acupuncture regulates these Yin and Yang aspects by stimulating a combination of specific points. These body points are located on lines called meridians. Each meridian is connected to an organic system. By playing on these interrelationships, acupuncture achieves therapeutic effects.
How does it work in practice?
An acupuncture session usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. At least three sessions are necessary. The additional sessions are based on the patient's request and his or her personal situation that requires other sessions or not.
In general, the first three sessions are reconciled, they are done one or two weeks apart. The following are more distant. Some patients feel the need for one session per month or per season.
The acupuncturist, for reasons of hygiene, must use sterile needles for single use, and make sure that there is no medical contraindication to perform this treatment.
Acupuncture, whatever the reason for which it is practiced, is in the acts of the CCAM (Common classification of the medical acts), it is thus refunded partially by the Health insurance (when it is practiced by a doctor) .
Authors: Charlène Catalifaud, Dr. Nicolas Evrard