Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy that has its roots in a medical system that is thousands of years old. During the treatment a practitioner inserts very fine needles into certain parts of the body to unblock energy. Acupuncture theory is based on the concept of Qi circulating through energy channels or meridians in the body. It is used to regulate the flow of vital energy and bringing balance to the body and the mind. It also helps to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance/homeostasis.
Acupuncture treats more than just symptoms of a condition, but looks at the root of the problem and the body as a whole. There is normally an initial consultation while the practitioner establishes the diagnosis and treatment based on TCM principles. The practitioner then inserts very fine disposable sterile acupuncture needles into the channels of energy of the body to achieve a desired therapeutic effect. The needles are normally left in position for about 30 minutes before the practitioner returns to remove them.
Acupuncture helps the body to rebalance itself. While it may be used for relaxation or for cosmetic purposes, its uses are much wider and can be used to treat a number of health conditions. Acupuncture is holistic and can be suitable for everyone but it is especially helpful for those suffering from chronic conditions.
Is acupuncture backed by science?
It’s not completely understood how acupuncture works. But, there are a few ways by which acupuncture is thought to work for different types of pain. It stimulates nervous system, Trigger points stimulated by acupuncture could release chemicals from the spinal cord, muscles, and brain. Some of these could be naturally pain-relieving. Releases opioid-like chemicals produced in the body, Along the same lines as the theory above, acupuncture may release pain-relieving chemicals. These naturally occur in the body and have similar properties to opioid pain relievers. (Hydrocodone or morphine are examples). It releases neurotransmitters. These are hormones that send messages regulating the on/off mechanisms of various nerve endings. Acupuncture may stimulate some that shut off pain. Besides, it triggers electromagnetic impulses in the body. These impulses can help speed the body’s way of handling pain, including the release of endorphins.
Acupuncture is a safe procedure and therapy when you see a professional certified acupuncturist. Avoid receiving acupuncture from someone who is not qualified or certified. It helps to do background research on a practitioner. Or, talk to someone you trust who has seen an acupuncturist for pain. Ask them about practitioners they would recommend or refer. People who have received acupuncture sometimes report soreness, bruising, and minor bleeding at puncture sites. These issues should clear up and go away in a few days. It also poses little to no risk to overall health.
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It is true that acupuncture does wonders for pain management. However, acupuncture has been shown to reduce other side-effects and conditions including headaches and migraines, depression, nausea, stress, anxiety, and gynecological conditions as well