What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is a complementary form of medicine which originated in ancient China. It entails the stimulation of specific points on the body through needle penetrations in order to ease pain and sometimes even treat other health conditions like nausea. It holds to the belief that the human body has established energy (Qi) flow patterns, which need to be maintained for a person to remain healthy. Any disruptions to this and disease can set in, which can potentially be cured by correcting flow imbalances at subdermal points.
How Does Acupuncture Help
Acupuncture has been proven useful in dealing with nausea and vomiting that results post-operation or from chemotherapy, as well as dental pain following an operation. Conditions for which acupuncture can function as an adjunct treatment include lower back pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, myofascial pain, asthma, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, headache, tennis elbow, addiction and stroke rehabilitation. In these cases, acupuncture can even step in as alternative treatment.
- Acupuncture can help a person get rid of headaches and migraines
- Alleviates chronic pain in many areas of the body
- It is effective in the treatment of insomnia
- Acupuncture can assist in fast recovery from cancer and chemotherapy
- It stems cognitive decline
- Acupuncture can help alleviate stress, balance hormones, and ease the pain of labor and pregnancy
How Does Acupuncture Work
An acupuncturist will first examine the patient and make an assessment of their condition. After this, they will have the patient lie down in a position based on where the needles will be inserted. One or more sterile, thin, disposable needles are then inserted, during which the patient may feel a bit of a sting or tingling. After this, the patient will feel a dull ache at the needle’s base, after which this feeling goes away. This is attributed to the supposed release of endorphins, which makes the person “feel good”. Despite people’s fears, acupuncture is generally almost painless.
The inserted needles may be stimulated electrically or thermally, and are kept in place for up to half an hour. A person can undergo any number of treatments based on their condition. If it is something chronic, up to two treatments a week is good. If the problem is acute, it can be improved inside 9 to 12 sessions.
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