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.’ When the needles are inserted in different parts of the body it is said to restore the balance of the body’s life energy and so healing takes place and promotes 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. When acupuncture is applied to the body the pain intensity decreases and better function for the body part. There is an immediate effect of acupuncture after treatment.
Another condition that acupuncture can treat is migraine. Acupuncture can help decrease 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.
People with chronic knee pain can use acupuncture for relief. When one has osteoarthritis then one will definitely experience chronic knee pain. Using acupuncture is enough to relieve chronic knee pain so you don’t have to use opioid medications.
There are still a lot of people today who are unaware of 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. The nervous system, which controls many body functions, is also influenced by acupuncture. 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. 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.
Your appearance will be examined closely on your first appointment. The things that will be noted are your voice, tongue color and coating, and your complexion. Your pulse will be taken on each wrist at three points. The strength, quality and rhythm will be noted. 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. The number of needles does not really affect the intensity of the treatment. For around 10 to 20 minutes, the needles will be left in the body. For added effect, the needles may be twisted by the acupuncturist.