What you need to know about acupuncture
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A traditional Chinese therapeutic practice, acupuncture is typically used to treat pain and in some cases decrease inflammation and boost the immune system’s ability to respond well. Acupuncture practitioners insert thin needles through key points in your body to stimulate muscles, nerves and connective tissues to trigger your body to release its natural painkillers (endorphins). Let us take a detailed look at the practice and how it can help relieve pain.
How can acupuncture help you?
If you suffer from certain chronic or recurrent medical issues such as lower back pain, serious menstrual cramps or headaches, acupuncture is a safe remedial option. Here is a list of other medical conditions that generally respond well to acupuncture.
- Certain respiratory disorders
- Knee pain
- Labour pain
- Chemotherapy induced vomiting
How to choose a practitioner?
First of all, talk to your doctor about your decision. He or she will be able to tell you whether acupuncture is a safe choice for your particular condition. Secondly, check the acupuncture practitioner’s credentials and experience. If you possibly can, talk to his or her former patients to determine how effective the treatment can be. Before you book an appointment for the actual therapy session, meet the practitioner for a consultation session and find out if you would personally feel comfortable with his or her approach.
What to expect?
Most practitioners use a combination of Eastern and Western approach to the practice to treat their patients. Your practitioner will first examine and talk to you about the medical condition to properly identify the issue and come up with a treatment plan.
During the procedure you are unlikely to feel pain apart from mild aching sensations. A typical treatment involves around 5 to 20 thin needles which the practitioner will insert at various depths into strategic points in your body.
Once the needles are in place, your practitioner may gently twirl those or apply heat depending on the treatment plan. The needles should be out of your body within 10 to 20 minutes.
Most people feel relaxed and rejuvenated after their acupuncture sessions. While it is tough to definitively measure the benefits of acupuncture, most people find it helpful in managing their medical conditions.
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