Since the ancient times, acupuncture has already been used. This is part of ancient Chinese medicine and the procedure uses needles which are inserted in different parts of the body to treat illnesses. Their theory is that health issues are caused by the disturbance or blockage of the flow of the body’s life energy which they call ‘qi.’ So, these hair-thin needles are inserted in specific acupuncture points throughout the body so that the flow of qi is restored, balancing the body’s energy, stimulating healing and promoting relaxion. If you use acupuncture, you can enjoy the following benefits.
People experiencing lower back pain can use acupuncture to treat this health condition. When acupuncture is applied to the body the pain intensity decreases and better function for the body part. And the result is instant; you get relief after undergoing acupuncture.
Another condition that can be treated with acupuncture is migraine. Undergoing acupuncture can help stop the incidence of migraine.
Tension headaches can be treated with acupuncture. The frequency of tension headaches can be reduced using acupuncture.
Another benefit of using acupuncture is the treatment of chronic knee pain. It has been shown that acupuncture improved physical function in short and long term in people with this condition which is due to osteoarthritis. Opioid medication can help relieve this pain but you don’t have to use this if you use acupuncture.
Many people still wonder how acupuncture works. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain-relieving chemical and the release of endorphins are simulated when needles are inserted in the body. Acupuncture helps to influence the body’s nervous system which controls many bodily functions. The influence that acupuncture has on the body results in the regulation of blood flow and pressure, the reduction of inflammation, and the calming of the brain.
You complete health history will be asked during an acupuncture session. Your health concerns, stress level, diet, sleep and other lifestyle habits will also be discussed. Other questions that may be asked of you are about your appetite, responses to changes in temperature and seasons, food likes and dislikes, and your emotions.
On your first appointment you will be examined carefully as to your appearance. The things that will be noted are your voice, tongue color and coating, and your complexion. They will take your pulse at three points in each wrist. Your pulse’s strength, quality, and rhythm will be observed. The tongue and pulses reflect the health of your organ systems and meridians according to Chinese medicine.
Six to fifteen tiny needles are used in a typical acupuncture treatment. Intensity of the treatment is not influenced by the number of needles used. For around 10 to 20 minutes, the needles will be left in the body. If an acupuncturist twists the needle, then there is added effect.