Acupuncture is a centuries old form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based on the theory of Chi energy, which supposedly flows throughout the human body.
According to acupuncturists, health related issues arise when something either blocks the channels of chi energy or throws it off balance.
Through the use of small, extremely thin needles inserted into the skin it is believed possible for acupuncture to unblock chi in your body and restore balance.
How Acupuncture can help
After an initial examination the acupuncturist will identify points on your body that need to be accessed with the needles in order to unblock the chi energy that has become stuck. This practice may involve one or many needles in one spot or spread through out the body.
There have been a number of studies that indicate positive health benefits for a range of issues, such as…
1. Lower back pain
For those struggling with chronic lower back pain acupuncture may be a source of alternative treatment as it has been shown to better than no treatment at all when it comes to treating this common source of discomfort.
We all get headaches.
It’s a natural consequence of inflamed blood vessels in our head but not all of us are unfortunate enough to suffer the debilitating agony of a migraine. Migraine sufferers, however, seek to escape the world and hide in the darkness as any and all light and sound sends them deeper into excruciating discomfort.
The pain is at times so bad as to merit hospitalization.
Acupuncture is now considered a valuable non-pharmacological tool for patients that suffer frequent headaches or migraines.
3. Dysmenorrhea & Labor Pain
For some women the pain associated with their menstrual cycle is at times too much to bear.
And only women who have given birth know the pain associated with such a joyous occasion. It is now believed that acupuncture may be possible effective in reducing menstrual pain and even help to diminish labor pains as well as aiding in comfort.
What Modern Science has to Say
Most studies tend to label acupuncture as having a “placebo” effect.
Though many view this as a negative, it is important to keep in mind that a placebo effect is still an effect of some sort. After all, relief is relief no matter how it comes about.
With little to no risk or side effects and, at times, very significant health benefits there is a reason why acupuncture has been around as long as it has.
As with any form of alternative treatment is concerned it is important to firstly see a professional in the matter.
Licensed acupuncturists always use disposable, sterile needles thereby eliminating any possible risk of contamination. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in seeking out the help of an acupuncturist to help you live a healthier life free of discomfort.