Acupuncture has been around for a very long time. 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.’ And this is the reason why needles are inserted in the body, to restore the flow of this life energy so that the body’s energy is balanced and helps to stimulate healing and promote relaxation. Below are some of the benefits that you can enjoy with acupuncture.
People experiencing lower back pain can use acupuncture to treat this health condition. If you undergo acupuncture, your lower back pain will decrease so that you can use that body part more. This happens immediately after the acupuncture treatment.
You can also treat migraine with acupuncture. Undergoing acupuncture can help stop the incidence of migraine.
Another condition that can be treated with acupuncture is tension headaches. If one undergoes acupuncture, the frequency of tension headache will be decreased.
Another benefit of using acupuncture is the treatment of chronic knee pain. Chronic knee pain is due to osteoarthritis and when acupuncture is used, it improves physical functions both in short term and long term. Using acupuncture is enough to relieve chronic knee pain so you don’t have to use opioid medications.
How acupuncture works is still unknown to many people. When the needles are inserted in many body parts, it stimulates the release of endorphins which is the body’s natural pain-relieving chemical. Acupuncture helps to influence the body’s nervous system which controls many bodily functions. Chemicals that regular blood flow and pressures, reduction of inflammation, and calming of the brain is influenced by acupuncture.
If you will go through an acupuncture session, you complete health history will be asked first. You acupuncturist will also want to know more about your lifestyle habits including your health concerns, stress level, diet, sleep and other habits. You appetite, responses to changes in temperature and seasons, food likes and dislikes, and your emotions will also be asked of you.
Your appearance will be examined closely on your first appointment. Your acupuncturist will look at the color and coating of your tongue, your complexion, and your voice. They will take your pulse at three points in each wrist. Your pulse’s strength, quality, and rhythm will be observed. In Chinese medicine, they look at your tongue and your pulses because these are the ones which show your health and the health of the organ systems of your body.
In a typical acupuncture treatment, they use six to fifteen needles. The number of needles does not really affect the intensity of the treatment. The needles will be left in the body for a few minutes, around 10 to 20 minutes. If an acupuncturist twists the needle, then there is added effect.