Acupuncture is a major part of Eastern Medicine, a complete system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. In itself, it is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems. Acupuncture originated in China dating back to at least 3,000 BC. Due to its proven effectiveness this practice has been
embraced throughout the world since.
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How Acupuncture Works
Human beings are complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for thousands of years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influence the health of the entire being.
Types of Treatment
Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. However, the Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine may utilize other modalities such as individualized herbal prescriptions, dietary modifications, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), lifestyle counseling, various styles of massage, movement techniques and specific therapeutic exercises.
How Acupuncure Feels
Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Different sensations such as warmth or pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncturist to place a needle with little or no sensation.
Since acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventive health care and health maintenance. The effectiveness of acupuncture and Eastern Medicine is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management or as an analgesic.
What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and traditional Eastern medicine's ability to treat more than 43 common disorders including:
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia
- Urogenital disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections,
and sexual dysfunction;
- Gynecological disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS);
- Respiratory disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies
- Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and nervous system, such as
arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low
back, neck and shoulder pain;
- Circulatory disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris,
arteriosclerosis and anemia;
- Emotional and psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety;
- Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs;
- Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders;
- Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders.
Is Acupuncture Safe? Does it Hurt?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and are either disposable or autoclaved between treatments. If you have a preference, you should discuss the type of needles to be used with your practitioner.
Undergoing an acupuncture treatment bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs, or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.