What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is an age-old healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are placed at specific points in the body. It's primarily used to relieve pain but also has been used to treat other conditions. More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture, but it is even more popular in other countries.

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Acupuncture is a pseudoscience, the theories and practices of TCM are not based on scientific knowledge, and it has been characterized as quackery.

Traditional Asian acupuncture is rooted in the ancient Chinese theory of Qi. Qi is an energy, or life force, that runs through the 12 Meridians of the body. The Meridians carry energy, blood and information to help regulate the body's organ and nervous system functions. The body's meridians can become clogged or blocked when a person experiences stress or trauma. Acupuncture helps to re-establish balance and flow through the meridians by stimulating or sedating the Qi, or energy flow, as needed. In many cases, acupuncture can provide instant relief, making it suitable as a treatment for both acute and chronic health challenges.

How does it work?

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.

Uses

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • headache and migraine

World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective.

  • High and low blood pressure
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
  • Painful periods
  • Dysentery
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Facial pain
  • Sprains
  • Dental pain
  • Reducing the risk of stroke
  • Inducing labor

Acupuncture can be beneficial in that:

  • Performed correctly, it is safe.
  • There are very few side effects.
  • It can be effectively combined with other treatments.
  • It can control some types of pain.
  • It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable.

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians, through which vital energy runs. This energy is known as “qi” or “chi.”

Acupuncture Risks ?

All therapies have risks as well as benefits.

  • It is dangerous if a patient has a bleeding disorder or takes blood thinners.
  • Bleeding, bruising, and soreness may occur at the insertion sites.
  • Unsterilized needles may infect the patient.
  • In rare cases, a needle may break and damage an internal organ.
  • When inserted deeply into the chest or upper back, there is a risk of collapsed lung, but this is very rare.

United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate acupuncture needles as medical devices. Their manufacture and labelling needs to meet certain standards. The needles must be sterile, nontoxic, and labelled for one use only, by a licensed practitioner.

Types Of Acupuncture ?

  • Body Acupuncture
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Electro Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Magnets and Acupuncture
  • Moxibustion and Acupuncture
  • Heat Treatments and Acupuncture
  • Cupping and Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the treatment.

How long do the effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of treatment you are receiving.

How long does it take for acupuncture to work for pain?

After two or three sessions, you should start to notice improvements in certain areas. Eventually, you will observe an overall sense of wellness, including your psychological and physical health.

Do you get immediate relief from acupuncture?

You may not experience immediate pain relief from your first acupuncture treatment (although many patients do). A typical treatment course is six to 10 visits, and we generally expect to see some improvement by the sixth visit.

How far do acupuncture needles go in?

How deep do the needles go? The needle depth varies depending on location and what is being treated. Generally the needles are inserted approximately ¼- to ½-inch deep.

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