How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points of the body. There needles are about as thick as a strand of hair, and insertions is usually painless. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, vital energy (Qi) circulates throughout the body along meridians. Disruption of this energy flow results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which promotes the body's natural healing. In Western societies, acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation enhances the immune system, increases blood flow and triggers the activity of our body's natural painkillers. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has been establishes as a solid system of healing that works.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
According to WHO(World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective in treating 200 conditions and illnesses. Due to its strong influence on the nervous system, acupuncture is highly effective in pain control, such as managing headaches, migraines, and musculoskeletal pain. When combined with herbs, it is effective in treating conditions from a simple cold/flu to complicated autoimmune disorders. It lowers the cholesterol and blood glucose levels in the blood, regulates the functions of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. It inhibits craving in patients who suffer from obesity, substance abuse and alcoholism. It helps to alleviate symptoms in patients with aids HIV and cancer.
Chinese Medicine is an excellent alternative for patients who may not be responding to conventional treatments, or who prefer natural healing to surgery or drugs with side effects. It is often used alongside the western medicine to enhance its effectiveness. If you feel unbalanced due to constitution weakness, overwork and stress, or you have low energy, and loss of interest in life, but your western doctors can't find anything wrong , there is an ancient Chinese remedy that is ready to help. Jennifer believes that practitioners and their patients are better off taking care of subclinical imbalances and discomforts before it becomes full blown diseases.
How is Acupuncture Treatment Carried Out?
Acupuncture generally involves several weekly or fortnightly treatments. Most courses consist of up to 12 sessions. A visit to an acupuncturist will involve and exam and an assessment of the patient's condition, the insertion of needles, and advices on self-care. Most sessions take about 30 minutes to 45 minutes each
Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?
Yes, although minimal. Side effects of acupuncture may involve slight pain sensation upon needle insertion although they are very mild and well tolerated. There may also be mild bruising at needling points. Some patients may experience light headedness. They usually recover within minutes after the needles are removed. Overall, acupuncture is the least invasive with minimal side effect, considering its huge health benefits.
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