Acupuncture, How It Works and Its Benefits
Acupuncture is an old Chinese medicine-based method to treating a range of conditions by actuating specific points on the skin with the use of needles. It is a minimally invasive procedure that triggers nerve-rich areas of the skin surface to affect different structures and functions of the body.
An acupuncture needle causes a small injury at the point of insertion, and though it’s not enough to bring significant discomfort, it has the power to make the body respond in certain ways. This response can be anything, from immunity stimulation to pain regulation and more.
The Driving Philosophy
The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture can be complex, considering it is, for the most part, traditional. For them, the human body is fundamentally composed of and invigorated by an invisible life-giving energy they call “qi,” and provided this force can reach all the right places in the body without impediments, a person can achieve optimal mental and physical health. Otherwise, illness occurs.
Think of qi as the internal mechanisms that keep your body working. At times, when you’re too stressed or anxious, you become more vulnerable to illness. When you’re more at ease and generally happy, your body manifests that physically too. After all, your mental state can affect your physical health. Acupuncture aims to achieve balance, or qi, in the body, producing relief for many ailments.
Health Effects of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is sought by many to treat different conditions, including chronic headaches, osteoarthritis, morning sickness, stroke and more. According to some studies, acupuncture can even be helpful in the treatment of such cancer and multiple sclerosis, but researchers have to conduct more studies and time to confirm such initial findings.
Although there’s no evidence of acupuncture being a miracle cure-all, it has shown its value as an effective treatment for a wide variety of health conditions and illnesses. Clearly, it hasn’t been used all over the globe for more than two millennia for nothing.
Finding an Acupuncturist
Without a doubt, acupuncturists are unique from one another. That means you can’t just choose the first one you meet. Take your time going over your options, and forget anyone who does not have a license – “LAc” should come after their name. Consider as well that certification requirements may be unique in certain states. Finally, read web reviews about local licensed practitioners, but stay with third-party consumer websites such as Yelp and Angie’s List for credibility.