In the body there are main channels for the Qi, the meridians, and there are points on the skin through which the Qi can be reached very directly. Acupuncture works with this.
The character for acupuncture ("zhenjiu") actually means "stinging and burning". Burning" here means moxibustion.
The flow of qi can be regulated by inserting very thin needles and, if necessary, heating them (moxibustion):
Blockages can be released, the metabolism can be stimulated or calmed and the hormone balance can be positively influenced.
Since body and mind are closely connected through the flow of Qi, a psychological and emotional balance can also be achieved through this therapy.
The fact that the placebo effect is not sufficient to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture is shown on the one hand by the fact that small children and animals respond very well to the use of needles or acupressure.
On the other hand, there are clinical studies on the treatment of chronic pain with acupuncture, which show that in perhaps 30% of chronic pain patients the placebo effect played the main role, but this method could help up to 70% of patients.
Acupuncture has been proven to increase interferon levels and enhance humoral immunity and is used both to prevent infection and to strengthen the body in cases of physical and mental exhaustion. Other important areas of application are pain therapy, allergic diseases, sleep disorders, menopausal complaints, fertility disorders, birth preparation and many more.
In contrast to classical acupuncture, ear acupuncture does not refer to the meridian system but to reflex zones. The different areas of the body are represented here in a reflective way. Disturbances can appear as sensitive points on the auricle.
Ear acupuncture is especially suitable as a quick help in case of acute problems. For weight reduction and addiction treatment (smoking cessation), the use of permanent needles is common, which - covered with a patch - remain at the injection site for about 5 days.