The ancient art of acupuncture has been used in Asia for centuries to treat many conditions and relieve pain. It’s now being used all over the world to ease everything from lower back pain, to shingles, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at certain points to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (also known as qi, pronounced “chee”) to promote the natural self-healing process, thus alleviating pain in the body.
Acupuncture works to do this by producing a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain, triggering a release of endorphins, which scientists believe reduces the sensation of pain by acting as a natural painkiller. Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle aids in the production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation which is attributed as one of the major causes of pain.
During your treatment, your acupuncturist may enhance the effects of the needles by twirling them, applying heat or applying electrical stimulation. They may also perform moxibustion, which is the burning of a therapeutic herb on or near the skin to strengthen the blood and stimulate the flow of energy.
The acupuncturist typically inserts four to 10 needles and leaves them in place for 10 to 30 minutes while you rest. A usual course of treatment includes six to 12 sessions over a three-month period, depending on your situation and suggested treatment plan.
Acupuncture is generally safe and effective if performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist. Your acupuncturist will use a single-use, sealed needle package which will eliminate the risks of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B or HIV. One of the major benefits of trying acupuncture for pain relief over taking anti-inflammatory drugs is its’ lack of side effects in comparison to pharmaceuticals.
Most people know that acupuncture works successfully to relieve pain, but many of it’s other uses may also surprise you. Acupuncture is believed to treat a range of ailments such as infertility and hormone imbalance, to allergies, digestion and even anxiety. You should always seek out an experienced acupuncturist who completed an accredited program at an acupuncture school. There are many practitioners who can receive acupuncture certificates in a short amount of time and do not have the clinical experience that a licensed acupuncturist may have.
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