Acupuncture role in Health and Wellness
According to Chinese theory, good health is a result of finding the balance between “Yin” and “Yang” by invoking a person’s life force known as “Qi” which is pronounced as “chi”. “Qi” is the energy which flows through the human body and can be accessed at the 400+ acupuncture points. Whenever a person is ill or has a health issue, it is a consequence of the imbalance of yin and yang and can be improved or strengthened by accessing a person’s qi with the acupuncture needles. In acupuncture, the therapist inserts the needles into these points, each point carries its’ own medicinal action and indication, with the result being to restore the flow of qi in the body thereby assisting in reestablishing wellness.
What are these acupuncture points?
According to the Chinese Classics and confirmed by modern day medicine, acupuncture points are places where nerves, muscles and connecting tissues can be stimulated. When the needles stimulate the acupuncture points it increases the blood flow, decreases inflammation and activates the release of hormones in the body to lessen pain.
Where acupuncture treatment can be applied?
There are a wide variety of applications of acupuncture for wellness of body. It can be used for such conditions as but are not limited to:
- Emotional disorders like anxiety & depression.
- Digestive problems like nausea, vomiting & irritable bowel syndrome.
- Chronic and acute pain caused by trauma or repetitive motion.
- Neurological problems like migraines or Parkinson’s disease.
- Treatment of stroke patients to aid in their recovery.
- Respiratory problems like sinusitis & asthma
- Gynecological disorders, menstrual cramps and irregularities, and infertility
What is the procedure when you visit an acupuncture therapist?
Typically, first of all it involves a complete health history assessment so that acupuncturist can understand your body at a deeper level. After completion of the assessment the acupuncturist starts treating your body by inserting needles into the appropriate acupuncture points. Treatments generally are most effective when the needles are retained from 30-60 minutes. After the treatment, the acupuncturist will suggest you what precautions you need to take after the acupuncture treatment.
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Amazing facts about Acupuncture
- Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel but it was not always the case historically. Earlier acupuncture needles were made from stones, bamboo and bones. Currently the needles used in acupuncture are extremely fine, roughly about thickness of 2 human hairs.
- Acupuncture therapists check your pulse and observe your tongue to get information about your health and accordingly plan your course of treatment.
- Acupuncture points may differ from person to person even if all of them have the same disease/problem. It is what makes acupuncture so effective is that it’s individual and not prescriptive.
- A licensed acupuncturist has attended a thorough 3 to 4-year graduate program and undergoes 2000+ hours of class work and clinical work to be granted their license. There is also, a number of hours needed in continuing education credits for the acupuncturist to maintain their license for the duration of their career.
- Acupuncture does not hurt; it’s safe and effective solution to your pain.
- Acupuncture is adjunctive care to conventional medicine. Despite its many benefits acupuncture cannot be used in emergency situations such as accidents, cardiac problems, infections etc.
- Acupuncture works on a meridian or channel system that affects the central nervous system. One of the many benefits of an acupuncture treatment is that it can make you feel very calm and relaxed.
- Acupuncture is about 3000 years old and originated in China.