All About Acupuncture
It may seem counterintuitive that people willingly get poked with needles in an attempt to be relieved of pain and stress. However, today acupuncture has been steadily gaining credibility as an effective treatment option for relief from certain conditions.  How to know if acupuncture is right for you? Below we have provided an overview of this ancient method and how the types of benefits it provides.
So what exactly is acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine based on the theory that chi or energy flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. It is believed that illness is a result of a blocked or unbalanced chi and that acupuncture is an effective method for helping to restore flow. 
In existence for thousands of years, acupuncture involves inserting long, fine needles into specific points on the body at a variety of depths to influence a person’s energy flow. In some cases heat, pressure or mild electrical current is used in addition to needles.
The practice, which targets pressure points across the body, has several therapeutic benefits including relief from pain and nausea. Although the effectiveness of acupuncture can be subjective, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the therapeutic method is effective for treating 28 conditions. Some of the most common ailments acupuncture is used for include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tennis elbow
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
In most cases, acupuncture involves 10-12 sessions that are usually scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis. At the beginning of treatment, most patients visit the acupuncturist for an exam and assessment of the patient’s condition. At that point the acupuncturist will determine the course of treatment. Sessions typically last about 30 minutes. 
Most people who have had acupuncture say they experienced little to no pain during the procedure. In most cases people report that they feel a tingling, numbing or itching sensation where the needle enters the skin.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On April 9, 2015