Acupuncture: what can it treat?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that primarily has its origin in China. Many dispute the effectiveness of acupuncture; still, research shows that acupuncture can relieve chronic pain around the neck, shoulder, and head. 

In traditional Chinese acupuncture, the acupuncturist will place needles on different acupoints around the body, often relating to the body’s meridians. Chinese acupuncturists believe it can balance the body’s ‘qi’ or ‘life force’ and work with the five elements. 

Chinese acupuncture believes that many of our illnesses come from energetic blocks within us, and acupuncture can release these blocks within the body by placing needles on specific acupoints, as mentioned earlier. Each acupoint will relate to certain parts of the body and organs. For example, points related to weight loss are within the ear.  

Acupuncture in the West

In the west, acupuncturists primarily use acupuncture to release tension within muscles to soothe their client’s nervous systems. Our modern lifestyle quickly increases the amount of pressure within our bodies due to workload and expectations, and acupuncture can be an effective way to alleviate this.

Often, acupuncture is used as a preventative measure rather than curing a situation that has already gone wrong.

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How does acupuncture work? 

The acupuncturist will place a series of very fine needles on different parts of your body. Depending on what you have come in to get treated. They will place 10-20 needles on various spots and leave them in for around 10-30 minutes. During that time, you will rest to allow your body to enter a deep state of relaxation. 

When the person you are working with inserts the needles, you may feel a tiny prick, but other than that, you should not feel any pain. If you do, you should let them know immediately. 

Some acupuncturists, with your permission, will ask if they can slightly heat the needles or add a small electric current. Adding this is said to boost the effectiveness. However, if you are not comfortable with that, you should still benefit from the session.

What can acupuncture treat? 

The effectiveness of acupuncture is unclear scientifically; at the same time, some research papers have shown promising results. Conversely, all over the world, clients attest to their effectiveness. 

You have to make up your mind about it. If you find that this healing modality is effective for you, then it is.

Acupuncture can be used to treat many different illnesses:

  • Chronic pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Dental pain
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches 
  • Stress reduction
  • Overall wellbeing

Many suffer from lower back pain in our modern era and sedentary lifestyle, and acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain in that area. When you see an acupuncturist for lower back pain, they will work with the meridian points located around the back of the knees, foot, lower back, hand and hip. 

During the session, the acupuncture needles will release chemicals and neurotransmitters in your body that aids with the healing process.


How do you choose a good acupuncturist? 

When you see someone for acupuncture, you will want to ensure that they have the correct credential and experience in the field. There is minimal risk involved with acupuncture. Still, you will want to choose someone who comes via recommendation or studied at the American College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

You may even want to ask the acupuncturist for their credentials before you go to see them. 

Final words: are there any side effects of acupuncture? 

If performed by a professional, the risk of harm is very low. At the same time, after a session, you may feel drowsy or dizzy as your body will have entered a very relaxed state which is uncommon for most people outside of a sleeping state. 

Other than that, you should not feel any side effects. If you do, you should contact your acupuncturist as soon as people for advice.

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