Talk about alternative therapies and acupuncture is the latest buzzword in the contemporary medical world. The treatment has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine that focused on healing by correcting flow of energy within the body. According to traditional Sino culture, ailments are caused by disrupted energy flow (qi) in the body. Acupuncture aims to bring back the balance in flow of energy which in turn relieves pain and cures illness. This alternative method of treatment has already amassed huge popularity in the Western world and is also approved by the FDA.
How is acupuncture performed?
Acupuncture is mostly performed by ultra-thin needles especially made from steel alloy and silver. When a patient visits an Acupuncture specialist, s/he will ask him/her questions about his health issues and pain. Based on the discussion, the practitioner will find out the “points” on the body which are disrupting the desired smooth flow of energy. After the practitioner diagnoses the pressure points, s/he will gently tap needles on those points. The needles would be rolled back & forth to release the blocked energy in those points. Sometimes, heat treatment or electric current (mild) is also used along with the needles to create pressure and unlock the restrained energy.
What conditions can be treated by Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide number of physical and even emotional issues. These include-
- Chronic pain in almost any part of the body, including that in back, shoulders, neck and knee
- Muscle spasms
- Extreme headache including migraine attacks
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Digestive issues like vomiting, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety or stress
As per the reports from American Department of Health & Human Services, acupuncture has shown effective results in chemotherapy and postoperative vomiting and nausea. Moreover, the treatment has also proved to be promising with postoperative acute dental ache.
According to doctors, Acupuncture would be useful as adjunct treatment for the following conditions-
- Tennis elbow
- Menstrual cramps
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Addiction issues
Does it hurt?
Some people are scared to get acupuncture treatment due to the fear of needles. Well, as mentioned earlier, these needles are ultra-thin and hence you will feel a slight piercing effect. At the most, there would be a tingling sensation or numbness for a brief period. There are no such side effects of Acupuncture.
However, acupuncture treatment calls for practiced and trained hands. Needles dug too deep could result in additional injury. Thus, it’s always advised to get the treatment done by a certified and experienced acupuncture practitioner. Your chosen therapist should be a reputed name backed by a long list of happy patients.