The Ins and Outs of Acupuncture

What is it?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese style of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Thin needles are inserted into specific places all over the body, with treatments intended to relieve pain and a variety of health conditions. More than 3 million people in the United States alone seek acupuncture treatments regularly. In other countries the practice is even more popular.

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How does it work?

Acupuncture works on the concept of stimulating the release of beneficial energy within the body. According to supporting science, there are fourteen energy pathways within the body. Each pathway has numerous points along which the needles are inserted. The insertion of needles is said to release endorphins, the body’s “feel good” substance, as well as stimulate blood flow and beneficial nerve and brain activity.

Does it hurt?

The needles used in the acupuncture treatments are extremely thin, and inserted with precision by a trained specialist. Most people feel very minimal (if any) pain, although some patients report slight soreness for a short time period after the treatment.

What conditions can your treat with acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used to treat a vast array of health conditions and complications. According to the specialists who practice it, essentially anything that causes pain or discomfort can be treated with acupuncture – from headaches to arthritis, to joint and even tooth pain, which sort of acts like an all natural joint pain relief.

Does it really work?

As of yet, there is no hard evidence that supports the efficacy of acupuncture. As mentioned before, millions of people seek treatments on a regular basis in America, which lends some credibility to support its claims. It appears that for the most part, some people find relief from it, while others claim no impact. If you do choose to pursue treatments, it is important to find a qualified and reputable practitioner in or around your area.

 

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