Acupuncture, a procedure of therapeutic healing treatment, has its roots in China and has been practiced for more than thousand years. There was a time when Acupuncture was not known to most people but due to its rising popularity in US and Europe, a lot of people are opting for this healing technique.

How Is It Done:

In Acupuncture, tiny and very thin needles are inserted at certain points of the body. The aim of Acupuncture is to stimulate the certain points of the body using these needles for an effective healing or treatment. According to a study on Acupuncture done by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the doctors studied a meta-analysis from 29 well-conducted studies that involved 28,000 patients and had found that Acupuncture is not just effective in treating chronic pain but is also a viable alternative for persons suffering from such problems.

An Effective Treatment:

In Acupuncture, there are many diagnoses available for treating but they are all combined with the traditional techniques used in China, Korea and Japan. The mostly practiced method is the one in which thin-metallic-solid needles are inserted at definite points. These needles traditionally were inserted manually but now-a-days they are done via electrical stimulation.

Being thousands of years old, what makes it suitable for the modern life? Well, traditional Acupuncturists claim that it is the best treatment for people whose body’s qi or the vital energy has a problem in circulating through the body. The reasons for this can be physical/emotional stress, poor nutrition taken or even an injury.

The Benefits Of Acupuncture Are:

  • Acupuncture heals muscle and joint pains. It has been found that a patient, who suffered from ‘frozen shoulder’ due to a childhood injury, took up acupuncture along with massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and fitness training. Within months she was able to lift her arm and the pain was also gone.
  • Acupuncture improves the level of relaxation in the muscles. Hence it is very effective in dealing with stress.
  • Sport injuries get healed quickly using this technique. Many sportspersons have been known to utilize Acupuncture care regularly.
  • Acupuncture also boosts the psychological state of a person.

In another study, acupuncture was found quite effective in reducing the pain of a patient who underwent tonsillectomy surgery. Acupuncture, here, was used instead of Codeine, as the latter is not prescribed to the kids. The pain level in the patient was 5.52 out of 10 and after only 15 minutes of Acupuncture the pain level dropped to just 1.92.

A Few Cons To Go With The Pros:

Yes, every good has a bad and thus, Acupuncture also has its side-effects. The aftermath of Acupuncture can cause diseases like viral hepatitis, which is a severe infection of the liver. Bacterial infections are usually caused in and around the areas where the needles are inserted. The most serious injury reported was an accidental puncturing of the lung.

All these side-effects, however, were caused as a result of consulting an inexperienced Acupuncturist. Hence, choose your Acupuncturist with caution. An Acupuncturist should be well trained, experienced and must have a practitioner license. If used properly, Acupuncture treatment can be a friend for life.