Acupuncture: Encourage Natural Healing, and Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medication or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. The insertion and skillful manipulation of the needles elevates endorphin levels leading to increased circulation; initiating an immune response that helps target the cause of discomfort and pain.
The Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy
You will probably be surprised to find out the wide variety of conditions that acupuncture can treat. Though the most common reason in the Western world to visit an acupuncturist is for pain and stress relief, there are hundreds of conditions that a qualified Acupuncturist can treat effectively. The World Health Organization lists 40 conditions, which may effectively be treated by Chinese medical methods. These include:
Infections: Colds and Flu, Bronchitis, Hepatitis
Internal: Hypoglycemia, Asthma, High Blood Pressure, Ulcers, Colitis, Indigestion, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Constipation, Diabetes
Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat: Deafness, Ringing in Ears, Earaches, Poor Eyesight, Dizziness, Sinus Infection, Sore Throat, Hay Fever
Dermatological: Eczema, Acne, Herpes
Musculo-Skeletal & Neurological: Arthritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Back Pain, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Stiff Neck, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headache, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Polio, Sprains
Genito-Urinary & Reproductive: Impotence, Infertility, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Vaginitis, Irregular Period, Cramps, Morning Sickness
Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Insomnia
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
While the experience will be different for everyone, it is rare that acupuncture causes any discomfort, or pain.
Often you won’t feel the needles being inserted, because they are thin and gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you’re likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated. You may also feel a heavy or electric sensation. Feelings of warmth may arise at the acupuncture points.