The Acupuncture is an exotic method that has become Westernized. What is she caring for? What does it consist of?

Erik Pigani


The most "exotic" and the most foreign to Western thought has finally become the most "official" since it acquired its freedom of citizenship in university education of Medicine. It is true that acupuncture has had time to become known: this ancient Chinese technique - the oldest needles, stone, dating back five thousand years - had been imported to Europe by the Jesuits in the seventeenth century. Normal today, it is fashionable to visit his acupuncturist!

Principle of Acupuncture

According to Chinese medicine, the good state of our health depends on a good circulation of vital energy - the "ch'i" - in our body. This energy takes a number of paths (the twelve meridians), on which points are located. When an organ is too active or deficient, energy does not circulate normally. It creates either a kind of blockage that must be eliminated, or a "hole" that must be reactivated to treat the disease. A diagnosis of acupuncture requires at least three quarters of an hour at the first session: thorough interview, observation of the tongue, complexion, palpation of the body (cold areas, tense, etc.) and taking "Chinese pulse", which inform the practitioner about the energy state. With its fine needles, the acupuncturist stimulates the points of passage of energy so as to strengthen the diseased organ and restore harmony. For the same symptom, these points are not necessarily the same from one patient to another.

Strengths and Limitations

  • Highlights

Acupuncture also has psychic and emotional effects that the Far East has never dissociated from the physical, because stress, grief or anger carries in them the seeds of an imbalance. His painkiller has been proven many times. It is a great way to treat chronic or repetitive infections like colopathy, insomnia, depression. It improves hypertension, allergies, migraine, fatigue and hormonal imbalances.

  • Limits

Like all natural therapies, he must pass his hand to surgery or allopathic medicines when the body no longer has the ability to respond.


It is imperative that needles be disposable and disposable. A good acupuncturist always spots the point with the hand before pricking, he does not play darts and does not multiply the number of needles (six or eight at most)! Otherwise, as with a prescription too much, he can no longer control the interactions.

In practice

There are approximately seven thousand "acupuncture-oriented" doctors with the official university degree. But any doctor can do acupuncture, as long as you do not mention it on his plate. A handful of non-physician acupuncturists are also effective and competent. In general, two or three sessions are enough. Then, we come back as soon as symptoms of imbalance reappear. Inquire before about the rates, they can sometimes be excessive! It takes between 30 and 55 euros.

Western versions

- Some doctors are replacing needles with a cold, painless laser beam. This technique is no longer really acupuncture, but it is effective in sports traumatology.

- Invented in 1952 by a French doctor, Paul Nogier, auriculotherapy is based on the same method as acupuncture, but the practitioner only pricks the ear flag. It is here that we find all the reflex points connected by the nervous circuit to all the zones of the body. It is used to fight pain, sinusitis, anti-smoking treatments, etc. Unlike her eldest, she offers only symptomatic treatment and not a background treatment.

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