Acupuncture is a technique that includes inserting extremely fine needles into your skin at critical spots on your body. Acupuncture, a vital part of traditional Chinese medicine, is most typically used to relieve pain. It is increasingly being used for overall wellbeing, including stress reduction.
Acupuncture is described in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for regulating the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — thought to flow via channels (meridians) in your body. Acupuncture practitioners believe that by placing needles into certain spots along these meridians, your energy flow will be re-balanced.
Many Western practitioners, on the other hand, see acupuncture needles as areas to activate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Some people feel that this stimulation increases the body’s natural painkillers.
Why is it done?
Acupuncture is primarily used to reduce pain caused by a range of illnesses and disorders, including:
• Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting • Postoperative nausea and vomiting • Dental pain • Fibromyalgia • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines • Labor pain • Lower back pain • Neck pain • Osteoarthritis • Menstrual cramps • Respiratory diseases, such as allergic rhinitis
Your acupuncturist will place extremely tiny needles into specific points on your body during an acupuncture treatment. Needles are normally inserted with little pain.
Each acupuncturist has their own style, often combining elements of Eastern and Western medicine. Your practitioner may question you about your symptoms, activities, and lifestyle to establish the best sort of acupuncture treatment for you. He or she may also extensively examine: • Any uncomfortable areas of your body • Your tongue’s shape, coating, and color • The color of your face • The strength, rhythm, and quality of your wrist pulse
Acupuncture treatments can last up to 60 minutes; however, some appointments are much shorter. A typical treatment plan for a specific issue can involve one or two sessions per week. The number of treatments needed depends on the ailment being treated and its severity. Typically, 6 to 8 treatments are done.
Throughout the treatment
Acupuncture sites may be found throughout the body. Sometimes the right spots are found far away from the source of your pain. Your acupuncturist practitioner will inform you where the treatment will take place and whether you will need to remove any clothing. Gowns, towels, and sheets will be supplied. For the treatment, you lie on a padded table and are subjected to the following:
• Needle placement. Acupuncture needles are put into critical places on your body at varied depths. Because the needles are so little, the procedure is usually painless. People often do not notice them being implanted. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 20 needles. When a needle reaches the proper depth, you may experience a little pinching feeling.
• Manipulation of needles After needle implantation, your practitioner may gently rotate or spin the needles, or supply heat or moderate electrical pulses to the needles.
• Needle extraction. The needles are usually left in place for 10 to 15 minutes while you lie motionless and relax. When the needles are withdrawn, there is typically little pain.
Following the procedure
Some individuals feel comfortable after an acupuncture session, while others feel rejuvenated. However, not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms do not improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be for you.
Acupuncture’s advantages are sometimes difficult to quantify, although many individuals find it useful for controlling a range of unpleasant ailments.
Several studies, however, have found that some forms of simulated acupuncture function just as well as actual acupuncture. Acupuncture also tends to work better in those who expect it to work.
It is believed that Acupuncture benefits includes reducing pain, improving sleep, and boosting the immune system.
Acupuncture has little hazards if performed by a skilled, qualified acupuncturist who uses sterilized needles. Common side effects include soreness, minor bleeding, or bruises where the needles were inserted. The danger of infection is low because single-use, disposable needles are now the standard.
Before receiving acupuncture, inform the practitioner if you:
• Have a bleeding issue. If you have a bleeding condition or are taking blood thinners, your risks of bleeding or bruising from the needles may be enhanced.
• Wear a pacemaker. Acupuncture that uses mild electrical pulses to stimulate the needles may interfere with the operation of a pacemaker.
• Are expecting. Some acupuncture points are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in labor.