Acupuncture

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Acupuncture – Simple Treatment For Complex Problems

Acupuncture goes back thousands of years ago and was, and still is, a part of Chinese Medicine. It was not until some time in the seventies, that it became know in America. It is a simple technique believed to balance the chi, life force, of the body. This energy flow is believed to move from point to point in the body. When one of these points is restricted, the chi can set off all sorts of problems and sickness. Long needles are inserted into these points of the body to set the life force back to its original and natural balanced flow thus creating a healthy body once more.

The exact reason acupuncture works so well is still a mystery to Western medicine. It has been used successfully to treat everything from fibromyalgia to menstrual cramps. Skeptics believe that it is no more than voo-doo make believe but those who have gained relief from this procedure will tell you a different story. For many patients, this ancient treatment is the last step in finding some relief. Where regular medicine failed, these treatments have succeeded. The important thing is to find a reputable and competent practitioner. Ask for referrals from others who have had this treatment. Talk with your primary care doctor to see if they offer this or can recommend a qualified practitioner. Ask the practitioner for credentials and about where they received training. Meet with them and ask them about any concerns or questions you may have. Make sure to ask what type of treatment options they offer and what is the best for your situation. Some insurance may cover the procedure, so check with your insurer.

Side effects are relatively low. Some bruising or bleeding at the needle insertion site may occur. Those who are heavy bleeders or those taking blood thinners should not have this treatment. Any person with a pacemaker should opt for the non-electrical treatment. Pregnant women should be especially careful since some types of this treatment have stimulated early labor. Needles should be come in a sterile package and be for one-use only and should be thrown away after use.

This ancient treatment is a wonderful alternative to pills and other evasive action. It only takes about an hour for the first treatment and is virtually pain free. The practitioner will insert up to twenty needles in on session. Once inserted into the skin, the needles may be heated, twirled, or have small amounts of electricity going through them. This will depend on the type of treatment you need. A common treatment plan runs for approximately twelve weeks and sessions are only 30 minutes in length. Once the twelve week acupuncture session is concluded, maintenance sessions of one to two times a year is all that is necessary.


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