Introduction to Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest health care systems and its origins can be traced back at least two millenniums. It is a holistic approach but also recognizes modern day health issues with old world solutions. It is increasingly popular across the world. Its used for a variety of conditions making it appealing to those seeking alternative or supplemental medical treatment.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice involving very fine needles placed in areas of the body where energy flows for particular functions. It can be combined with modern medicine, as well as Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine , making it useful for those who suffer from a variety of ailments . It’s worth noting that contrary to what some believe, acupuncture typically does not induce pain from the tiny needles used. Although pain is sometimes felt at certain sites, the goal is to achieve a somewhat numbing or tingling effect during the treatment.
How acupuncture works
To understand acupuncture, one must understand Qi (pronounced chee), or the Chinese word for life energy. Qi is, according to traditional Chinese Medicine, the energy we use to move our extremities, to breathe and pump blood, and it essentially operates our organs. With acupuncture, the tiny needles stimulate the Qi in one’s body. Based on where they are placed, they relay a signal to your nervous system or even immune system.
Put simply, the traditional model of acupuncture involves correcting disturbances in the flow of a body’s Qi. Once the correction is made, the body is more able to heal itself more naturally through methods such as proper diet, nutrition and exercise.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used for people of all ages and for a variety of Health symptoms and Conditions.
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Does acupuncture have any side effects?
Acupuncture has a low incidence of adverse effects but with all treatments there are some risk . For example, even though it is a common misconception that acupuncture is painful, the key element to a successful treatment is actually to have more of a numbing sensation. Certain needle points may involve a painful response, but a good practitioner can advise you of these ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.
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