Acupuncture is a treatment that uses very thin steel needles inserted into the skin to stimulate specific points in the body. The goal is to relieve a health condition or symptom, such as pain. Medical acupuncture is used to denote the practice of acupuncture performed by a licensed physician.
How does it work?
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is a result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “Yin” and “Yang” of the life force known as “Qi,” pronounced “Chi.” Illness is the consequence of an imbalance of forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
Inserting needles into these points with the appropriate combinations will bring the energy flow back into proper balance. Some experts believe that acupuncture points are places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissues can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow while simultaneously triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers, like endorphins.
Acupuncture has been known to help: lower back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain, headache and migraine, chronic pain syndrome, depression, and infertility, among others.
Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain felt. Usually, needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth. Even if you are healthy, you can benefit from acupuncture! Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventive medicine, and for health maintenance.
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