We all know that acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, but did you know that it has been practiced in America since the turn of LAST century? That's 1800's people. That's a long time.
Granted, for much of that time the practice was thought of as bogus, foreign, or just plain weird. But as time has moved on and the world progressed, acupuncture has continually gained acceptance and strong popularity in America.
Now, a lot of Americans are looking to alternative solutions for health care and are beginning to wonder if acupuncture is worth their while. So is it?
Here are some must-knows:
How Does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture is a way to stimulate the body's nerves, muscles, and connective tissue in order to help boost your natural healing agents to combat disease.
Positive Results: While acupuncture is often used as an all natural pain relief, there are many other things it is used for. Studies have shown promising results in the use of acupuncture to treat many problems, including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea.
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurring chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
- Physical problems related to stress and emotional conditions.
What to Expect From an Acupuncture Session: When going to see an acupuncturist, you will be given an exam and asked questions about your overall health, any pain you may be experiencing, and how well you are functioning. The acupuncturist will then look for places, or ???points???, on your body. Each ???point??? relates to certain health problems or body functions. When points are found, very thin needles are quickly tapped into the skin. Needles are kept in place for 30 - 45 minutes. The length of time the needles are left in is directly related to the illness they are treating.
Personalized Care: Acupuncture providers treat patients, not diseases. Because of this, no two patients ever receive the same treatment for the same disease. By taking in every detail of an individual, an acupuncture provider is able to see what is deficient or blocked, both mentally and physically, and make the necessary adjustments that will facilitate the body to heal itself.
Many people balk at the idea of needles, but there is nothing to fear. Acupuncture needles are different from regular hypodermic needles used in doctors??? offices. They are very thin, solid, and made from stainless steel. Typically, patients??? feel minimal to no pain when needles are inserted.
If you are considering acupuncture for natural pain relief or any other reason, be sure to choose a licensed and well-recommended provider. Learn more about the training an acupuncturist should have here.