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How Does Acupuncture Work?

By Rob Benhuri - Aug 24, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to total body health and wellness, many people turn to acupuncture to help heal, cure, or alleviate their symptoms or fix a problem. When it comes to ways to benefit overall health, acupuncture is one method that many people rely on. If you???re not familiar with it, acupuncture can seem a bit intimidating???after all, it does involve needles! But gaining an understanding of what it is and how it works, as well as how it may help you, can change your mind.

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is a practice that targets points on the body and utilizes needles to stimulate them. These points are called acupuncture points, and stimulating them can regulate the nervous system, maximize the circulatory system, and stop pain ??? depending on what points are used and how they are manipulated.

Acupuncture is typically administered in a clinic or office-type setting. The atmosphere of these offices can range from being similar to a doctor???s office to something much more than a luxury spa???what you experience depends on where you go for your treatment. Be sure to research clinics in your area before making a choice???this will help ensure you have the best experience when you go for your appointment.

Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular. With the increased use of prescription medications, many people are looking for alternative ways to alleviate their symptoms without the need to take medicine. Many people seek it out after visiting traditional doctors and specialists, only to be left with no real concrete answers, treatments, or solutions. In these instances, acupuncture can help people regain their normal lives and allow them to feel like themselves again.

What is it Commonly Used For?

Acupuncture can be used for many different ailments. It is commonly used to alleviate pain, such as lower back pain, but it can also be chosen to help with allergies, anxiety and depression, shoulder pain, skin care, and fertility issues, just to name a few. There are a number of acupuncture points on the body that correspond to the treatment of different ailments, and when you discuss your needs and goals with a professional acupuncturist, they will be able to recommend what they believe to be the best course of action for you.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

How does acupuncture work?When you go for a consultation, you can expect that your acupuncturist will ask you more about the condition(s) you want to work on treating. Traditional acupuncture relies on the idea that there is a certain ???life force??? circulating in the body along the meridians, which can sound a bit over the top if you???re new to researching acupuncture. All that really means, though, is that acupuncture uses a well defined system to determine where the most beneficial acupuncture points are for the symptoms you???re looking for help with.

Acupuncture is often administered over several sessions, spanning the timeframe of a few weeks to a few months. Needles, thankfully, aren???t inserted deeply, and typically patients don???t report the treatments as painful. In fact, one of the main deterrents for people who are considering acupuncture is the use of needles, but it???s important to note that the needles are only the width of a human hair ??? nothing at all like the hypodermic syringes you are used to. These super thin needles are inserted very quickly to minimize the amount of pain a person feels. Professional, skilled acupuncturists may even be able to insert the needles without causing any pain at all. That???s why it???s so important to research where you???ll seek treatment and make sure you go to properly trained and experienced providers.

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific acupuncture points along the skin in order to trigger a response from the body. Typically, as previously mentioned, acupuncture results may not be seen immediately, but instead over a period of time of continued treatments.

Other Benefits of Acupuncture

In addition to providing people with a sense of relief from ailments and symptoms that haven???t received proper treatment from traditional doctors, acupuncture isn???t invasive, it???s not very time consuming, and it???s affordable. While going to many doctors can add up and become prohibitively expensive, seeking acupuncture treatment for health issues is significantly less expensive, while still offering some of the same benefits. 

Acupuncture is also increasing in popularity, making it easier than ever to find a skilled acupuncturist in your area. You???ll be able to easily find a reliable, clean, and comfortable practitioner???s office near you, and you???ll be able to learn more about the process once you???ve made an appointment for a consultation.

Ready to Try Acupuncture?

If you want to find out more about acupuncture, feel free to contact City Acupuncture anytime. We have several convenient locations, and we???re happy to discuss how acupuncture can help change your life. Call today!

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