Acupuncture is a form of treatment used as the primary form of medical care (along with Chinese herbal medicine) in Asia for many centuries. It is still used in an integrated fashion with Western medicine in hospitals in modern China. The determination of treatment strategy with acupuncture is based upon a diagnosis formed using the diagnostic techniques of pulse and tongue reading. The diagnosis takes into account various factors of systemic health and determines priorities for treatment.
Classical Chinese theory states that energy or Qi runs through the body and along its surface in regular patterns called channels or meridians. These channels nourish and regulate the entire body. When the energy flows freely in these channels, health is maintained. When the energy is blocked or depleted, pain or illness results.
Needling acupuncture points can release blocked energy and regulate areas of deficiency. It helps correct internal imbalances in the body.
According to modern science, research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release certain chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals either change the perception of pain or stimulate the release of other chemicals and hormones which affect the body’s internal system.
These effects produced by acupuncture enhance and activate the body’s ability to heal itself, promoting physical and mental health.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture treatment consists of carefully inserting hair-thin, disposable needles into the skin. Because the needles are thin, the sensation is generally quite mild. In fact, nearly all patients experience a significant level of relaxation and may even fall asleep during treatment. Following an acupuncture treatment, many patients feel a heightened sense of well-being which may last for several days.
Are There Any Side Effects?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no negative side effects. As the energy in the body is adjusted and the natural chemicals and hormones are released, healing begins to take place.
During an acupuncture treatment, you may feel a deep, dull pressure or surging sensation after the needle has been placed. This is called a Qi sensation (pronounced “chee”). With certain points, this indicates that the correct point has been located and that the body’s energy has been reached.
Most patients feel very relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment. You may also notice changes in your sleep patterns, digestion, menstrual cycle and emotional attitude. These are all normal and positive side benefits of treatment.
Acupuncture is successful in treating many difficult & painful conditions. It is also exceptional for reducing stress and tension, the cause of many emotional and physical complaints.
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