Acupuncture has been around for a very long time. It originated from the Chinese people who used acupuncture to treat many illnesses experienced by people by inserting needles in certain parts of the body. Their theory is that health issues are caused by the disturbance or blockage of the flow of the body’s life energy which they call ‘qi.’ So, these hair-thin needles are inserted in specific acupuncture points throughout the body so that the flow of qi is restored, balancing the body’s energy, stimulating healing and promoting relaxion. Below are some of the benefits that you can enjoy with acupuncture.
If you are having troubles with lower back pain, then acupuncture can help treat this. Pain is decreased in your lower back when acupuncture is applied and so that part of your body will have better function. And the result is instant; you get relief after undergoing acupuncture.
Another condition that acupuncture can treat is migraine. Undergoing acupuncture can help stop the incidence of migraine.
Tension headaches can be treated with acupuncture. If one undergoes acupuncture, the frequency of tension headache will be decreased.
People with chronic knee pain can use acupuncture for relief. It has been shown that acupuncture improved physical function in short and long term in people with this condition which is due to osteoarthritis. Opioid medication can help relieve this pain but you don’t have to use this if you use acupuncture.
Many people still wonder how acupuncture works. When the needles are inserted in many body parts, it stimulates the release of endorphins which is the body’s natural pain-relieving chemical. The nervous system, which controls many body functions, is also influenced by acupuncture. It also influences the release of chemicals that regulates blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation, and calm the brain.
You complete health history will be asked during an acupuncture session. Your health concerns, stress level, diet, sleep and other lifestyle habits will also be discussed. You appetite, responses to changes in temperature and seasons, food likes and dislikes, and your emotions will also be asked of you.
If you go on your first appointment, you appearance will be carefully examined. Your acupuncturist will look at the color and coating of your tongue, your complexion, and your voice. They will take your pulse at three points in each wrist. They will note the strength, quality and rhythm of your pulse. In Chinese medicine, they look at your tongue and your pulses because these are the ones which show your health and the health of the organ systems of your body.
If you go for acupuncture you can get from six to fifteen needles inserted in your body. It does not matter how many needles are inserts; they don’t affect the intensity of the treatment. For around 10 to 20 minutes, the needles will be left in the body. The acupuncturist may even twist the needles for added effect.