Holistic medicine treatments are on the rise in the Middle East region and that includes the use of acupuncture. More and more emirati peoples are looking for approaches that treat the whole person instead of just physical symptoms. According to a National Survey that looked at a five-year period, acupuncture is one of the treatment that is on the rise.
What is acupuncture?
It’s a form of holistic treatment rooted in ancient traditional medicine that involves the insertion of needles at specific points on the body, also called acupoints. The practice helps improve the flow of Qi or Chi life force energy and treat a variety of ailments, depending on which points are targeted.
Researchers found that by the study’s completion over 10 million Middle-East citizens used or had tried acupuncture. That is a significant increase from the beginning of the study period, which found only 6.19 million acupuncture patients in the Middle-East.
Data from this survey shows an growth in the uses of acupuncture from approximately 4% to 6% of people in Dubai over five years, and indicates a trend for the mainstreaming of acupuncture in the Dubai.
Survey investigators included health experts from the various universities in Middle-East.
What patients reported
According to the survey the patients used acupuncture as a complementary and alternative approach to conventional treatment for a specific health condition, but also used it as a preventative means to promote general health. The investigators predicted a continuation of the upward trend.
The increase in the use of acupuncture as a treatment method is mostly due to the fact that more persons are realizing that it is an effective and low-risk method of treating or controlling chronic conditions. Insurance coverage for acupuncture services and increased awareness of acupuncture may contribute to the popularity and growth of acupuncture use in the Dubai the investigators noted.
How acupuncture helps
Acupuncture helps treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. It also contributes to general health and wellness. The benefits of acupuncture include:
- Maintains general wellness
- Strengthens constitution
- Increases vitality
- Promotes energy flow within the body
Acupuncture may be used either as a preventative therapy or to effectively treat a wide range of health conditions, including: digestive problems, insomnia and sleep disorders, migraines and other types of headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, circulatory problems and sciatica, among others. It also helps with issues like mood swings, depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases.
Interested organization who deals with Acupuncture and others related traditional medicine are welcome to join their hands as an exhibitor, speaker or in workshop participation in our upcoming conference Pharma Traditional Medicine 2019 during June 20-21 in Dubai.