What is Acupuncture Treatment?
Acupuncture treatment is an alternative medical treatment that has been around since ancient times. This treatment of Chinese origin, is administered with thin needles that are inserted under the skin at specific points. Acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain, stress and other ailments. Acupuncture is an option for treating the whole person. Westerners have increasingly embraced acupuncture as a treatment for pain arising from arthritis, menstrual cramps, and sports injuries. Acupuncture can also relieve stress anxiety.
If the thought of having needles inserted under your skin makes you squeamish, consider that many people who undergo acupuncture don't feel the needles. If people feel anything at all, it is usually a bit of pressure or tingling that subsides quickly. Many people treated with acupuncture experience a feeling of relaxation and relief during treatment sessions.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Our bodies contain pathways through which energy flows. These pathways known as meridians, connect acupuncture points. When our life energy known as "chi" is in balance, it flows freely, and the result is a feeling of well-being. When chi is out of balance, we may feel anxiety, fatigue, pain, and stress. By applying pressure to these points through acupuncture, chi is released and able to flow freely, bringing pain relief, reduced stress and a return to that feeling of well-being. By opening up the pathways and allowing chi to flow naturally, the body can begin to heal itself.
There are different acupuncture points for different health issues. Qualified acupuncture practitioners know which points to target to treat specific problems. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with other medical treatments. In fact, many traditional medical practitioners refer their patients for acupuncture treatment.
Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?
Acupuncture is considered safe and effective. Immediately after treatment, some people feel very relaxed and euphoric. Others may experience some aches, lightheadedness, bruising where the needles were inserted. You may feel a little tired as acupuncture sets the body in motion for healing. However, after a few days, these symptoms will subside.
How Many Treatments are Required?
The number of acupuncture treatments needed depends on the ailment. Initially, treatments may be required several times a week over several weeks. As the patient improves fewer visits are necessary.
Are the Needles Safe?
Acupuncture needles are both safe and disposable. The treatment is conducted under sanitary conditions to prevent contamination or issues that could lead to infection.