The art of acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago, making it one of the most long-established and frequently used treatments in the world today.
The procedure first became known in the United States in 1971, when a New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about receiving treatment in China by doctors who used needles to reduce his pain after a surgical procedure. Studying the acupuncture technique, you learn that it involves penetrating the skin with thin metal needles that are maneuvered with either the hands or by electrical stimulation.
The Chinese explain that there are channels of energy that run in common patterns through the body. These channels are called meridians and they are similar to rivers; they flow through the body flushing out toxins and mending tissue. When an obstruction prevents the movement of these rivers, it’s similar to a dam that backs up.
It’s possible to influence the meridians by inserting needles at various acupuncture points; the needles can then unblock the obstructions and restore a normal flow to the meridians once more. Receiving acupuncture treatments can help your internal organs repair imbalances in digestion, absorption and energy production, as well as restoring the circulation of energy that flows through the meridians.
An acupuncture needle is made of solid metal and is extremely thin, about the width of a hair. Not all people experience acupuncture in the same way, but most people feel very little pain as the needles are inserted. Some will feel energized when receiving treatment while others will feel relaxed. When needles are placed incorrectly, the patient moves, or in the case of a deformity in the needle, patients can experience soreness and even pain during the procedure. This is the most important reason why you should only use an experienced acupuncturist to perform your procedure.
Promising results have come about, showing the productiveness of acupuncture, for instance, in postoperative adult patients, reducing chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and in postoperative dental pain.
There are quite a few other situations where acupuncture may be useful as an alternative or adjunct treatment, such as in cases of weight loss, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. Recently, an NCCAM funded study revealed that acupuncture provides pain relief, helps improve function for people that are suffering from osteoarthritis in their knees, and can be an effective compliment to standard forms of medicine.
Acupuncture for weight loss is one of the less known applications of the procedure, but none the less, a very effective one. It can for example be taken into account as one of the alternatives to loose weight after menopause, without thinking about surgical procedures or other more invasive options. Acupuncture for weight loss is a rather safe and in most cases very effective way to shed off those excess pounds.
Acupuncture’s improved energy and biochemical balance results in prompting physical as well as emotional well being.
Here are some of the conditions Acupuncture helps with:
- Nerve Pain and Muscle pain
– Activate the body’s own healing system by stimulating the affected area to produce anti-inflammatory proteins that specializes in eliminating nerve and muscle pain.
– Activate circulation and eliminate Osteoarthritis and joint pain
- Fertility and Menstrual Disorders
- Cancer treatment with traditional Chinese medicine
- Anxiety , Insomnia and Weight Loss
- Preventative Care & Longevity
By: James Yu L.Ac, and Rashad Trabulsi DC